The Nigerian Television Authority is federal government parastatal, working under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Information.
As the Nigeria’s national broadcasting Network, the Nigerian Television Authority is saddling with the responsibility of providing public services, such that would be to the interest of the Nigerian populace and beyond, since its function include projecting the African perspective to the outside world.
And since the Nigerian Television Authority is reputed to be the largest broadcasting network, some individuals would rightly say that, the Nigerian Television Authority has gone beyond entertaining Nigerians to telling the African story.
Functions Of Nigerian Television Authority
The Nigerian television authority, being one of the broadcasting network, comes with many functions, and in this article, I am going to explain quite a number of them, here we go:
1. Provision Of Television Service
The Nigerian Television Authority NTA is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that, there is provision for excellent and efficient television service, such service should go globally, that is, it should be a world wide service with a view to ensure that African, I mean true African perspective is projected. Since the Nigerian Television Authority has such a responsibility, they cannot, but provides excellent service.
2. Operates Transmitting And Receiving Station
Another function of the Nigerian Television Authority is to operate transmitting stations. It does not only transmit stations, it received stations as well.
And since one of its functions is to transmit and at the same time receive stations, there is need also for the Nigerian Television Authority to maintain this practice.
3. Coordinates Television Activities
As a television station, the Nigerian Television Authority has a role to play in coordinating broadcasting activities, in fact, it is the duty of the Nigerian television authority to plan the entire activities, coordinates them and as well, maintain the whole activities of the Nigerian Television Authority network.
4. Promotes Efficient Operation
Do not forget that, the Nigerian Television Authority has a mandate of protecting the African perspective to the whole world, that being the case, it must ensure that, such projection is excellent, and this is achieved through the promotion of efficient television service operation.
The Nigerian television authority do have a responsibility to establish or set standard of operation, and such standard must be maintained to ensure efficient television service production of the entire network, and this set standard is according to the national policy of television service production.
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5. Establishes Formula For Sharing Funds Among Stations
The Nigerian Television Authority is a federal government parastatal, and it has branches or centers across the federation, therefore, one of its functions falls under the role of establishing sharing formula for the purpose of sharing funds among the Nigerian television authority stations.
It is also incumbent on the Nigerian Television Authority to ensure that once the formula is established, they should operate on that.
6. Serves As Liaison Between Federal Government And Operators
The Nigerian Television Authority do served as liaison between the operators of the broadcasting network and the federal government, acting as liaison between the operators and the federal government, often ensures efficient operation of the broadcasting network.
7. Establishes As Many Stations As Necessary
The Nigerian Television Authority is national broadcasting network, and it goes international too, that being the case, the Nigerian Television Authority can establish as many stations as possible, so far it considers necessary, and may happen more often, and from time to time.
8. Specifies Types And Contents Of Program For Transmission
The Nigerian Television Authority will determined the quality of program, the types of program and even the contents of such program that should be transmitted, and it is this program that would be transmitted throughout the entire network.
And it is the duty of the Nigerian Television Authority to specify the type, content and quality of foreign material to be transmitted.
9. Enters Into Arrangement To Obtain Licenses
It is one of the statutory functions of the Nigerian Television Authority to obtain privileges and rights, licenses and concessions, it will obtained these privileges through entering into a sort of arrangement, and this arrangement can be either with some individuals or an authority. So in most cases the purpose of entering into this arrangement is simply to collect those rights.
10. Purchases Broadcasting Equipment
Broadcasting industry has peculiar equipment for their operations, unlike the Nigerian Television Authority, this federal government parastatal also saddled with the responsibility of procuring equipment used in the broadcasting network.
Those equipment that can be manufactured or produced by the Nigerian Television Authority can be manufactured otherwise, other equipment, such as films, and gramophone and mechanical records as well as other materials including facilities or apparatus which are tenable for use in broadcasting services.
11. Provision Of Materials To Be Broadcasted
The Nigerian Television Authority will make materials to be broadcasted readily available. They can as well make provision for these materials for persons, possibly also they can receive these materials for the purpose of broadcasting them.
12. Subsidies For Broadcasting
The Nigerian Television Authority has the sole right of organizing activities such as public entertainment, it could be enlightenment or education activities, and can even provides activities of such magnitude with a view to broadcast them. Besides, apart from organizing or providing such activities, the Nigerian Television Authority can equally subsidize same for broadcasting.
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13. Subscribes To News Agencies
The Nigerian Television Authority is broadcasting network that deals with news items. Therefore, in trying to make their work easier, the Nigerian Television Authority can subscribed to news agencies. Besides they can equally obtain news items from anywhere globally, and in any method they deemed fit or necessary.
14. Advances Skills Of Persons In Broadcasting Service
Upgrading employees skills and knowledge for optimal productivity cannot be underestimated, going by this, the Nigerian Television Authority is priding itself for advancing the skills of persons under its employ in the broadcasting service for the purpose of operating broadcasting equipment as well as carrying out any assignment in the broadcasting service effectively and efficiently.
Since the Nigerian Television Authority is reputed to be the largest broadcasting network, some individuals would rightly say that, the Nigerian Television Authority has gone beyond entertaining Nigerians to telling the African story.
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