University of Lagos (UNILAG) becomes the first Nigerian campus to own a television station when UNILAG TV commenced airing operation on the 17th of January, 2019. The same university pioneered campus radio broadcast with Radio Unilag 103.1 FM in December 2004.
According to Adebisi Seth Dare, UNILAG deputy registrar:
“The new and the first campus television station would fly on the platform of StarTimes digital broadcast Channel, 184. The TV station which boasts of state of the art technical facilities would deliver premier local, national and international news as they unfold.
The new station, will also serve as a reference point in sports, documentaries, quality entertainment, and as an instrument of educational advancement.”
The deputy registrar, who expressed optimism in UNILAG TV to meet audience needs with standard production, said the university “aims to make the new campus television the most trusted news source in Nigeria by being impartial, creative, factual, credible, timely and innovative.”
UNILAG Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin stated:
“I hope this station will be the centre of very interesting discussions. I am hoping that it will be a centre of correct and accurate news and will begin the end of fake news in Nigeria.
We are hoping that it will bring back the vibrancy of intellectual discourse and become a great centre. I really look forward to you providing what is missing today.”
UNILAG TV is owned by the University of Lagos under the able leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Rahamon Bello. Professor of communication, Ralph Akinfeleye is the Chairman, and Dr. Ifeoma Amobi is the lecturer-in-charge.