The prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) has concluded plans to launch its television station UNILAG TV, the first ever university television station in Nigeria and West Africa. The station will start broadcasting from January 17, 2019.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, made the disclosure during a conference that heralded the launch of UNILAG TV the unveiling of its logo.
According to Ogundipe, since the university pioneered campus radio broadcasting on December 14, 2004, it has been dreaming of a campus television station. “Today, we are elated to see this great dream come to full manifestation while trailing the blaze not only in Nigeria, but in the whole of West Africa,” the VC said.
He said the station will be on the platform of Startimes Digital Broadcasting Channel 184.
The vice chancellor added that the station would be among the most trusted news sources in Nigeria through impartial, creative, factual, credible, timely and innovative news reporting.
In his words; “Our team of world class professionals are all set to inject fresh ideas and energies that will take broadcasting to the next level in Nigeria. The UNILAG TV Channel 184 will also serve as a reference point in sports reporting, documentaries, quality entertainment as well as an instrument of educational advancement.”
He said the television station will have a time belt for the university’s distance learning packages.
He explained that it would serve as an instructional facility for the university’s distance learning programme.
The station, he said, would also promote the culture of the institution’s immediate communities by regularly highlighting their ideas, language, customs, folklores and social behaviours in line with the provision of the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) Code.
Ogundipe said the television station is strategic for students of journalism, creative arts, arts, and languages.