LTV Owner and Year of Establishment.

LTV Owner and Year of Establishment dwells entirely on the backdrop of this prestigious TV’s beginning and also takes a pry into the life and style of its owner. The Lagos State Television is now one of the most popular African TVs that supply reliable information on happenings around the political horizon of the continent.

History of Lagos Television (LTV).

Lagos Television was the first TV station in Nigeria to operate on two frequencies – VHF and UHF simultaneously. Before then,  it started transmission in 1980 on a Very High Frequency (VHF), Channel 5. It was when the Nigerian military government issued a new broadcasting law in order to protect NTA as the only station to operate on VHF that it then had to move to a Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Channel 35.

Apart from being the first Television Station outside the NTA family, the Station took the Nigerian Television industry by storm in the early 80s with the introduction of a 60-hour non-stop weekend transmission from 7pm on Friday till 7am on Mondays. The then Lagos Weekend Television was the first marathon Television station in Africa. It’s unprecedented public approval transformed TV viewership especially with the Lagos precinct and brought a change in the call sign to LTV.

In the area of extra broadcasting activities, LTV has carved a niche as a truly people oriented TV station with the annual Lagos Television Christmas Fair and the ultra-modern event facilities nicknamed De-Blue Roof and Combo Hall.

The 1985 Fire Outbreak in LTV and Its Come Back.

In September, 1985, a mysterious midnight inferno consumed the entire legacy of the station. It destroyed the studios, the library, offices and equipment even official records; personal effects of the staff were not spared.

For about one and half year, Lagos Television remained in the doldrums merely surviving but in 1995 Col. Buba Marwa, the then sole administrator of the State set up a re-organization committee to assess the position of the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (LSBC) and determine her need to survive.

In 1998, the administration of the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu saw the need to implement the recommendation of the committee set up to look into the re-organisation of the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (LSBC) (Lagos Television and Radio Services under the management) and this led to the split of the two organizations for effective management, better performance, autonomy and to create career prospect for members of staff.

Thereafter, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu called for a blue print on the re-engineering and re-positioning of Lagos Television. Satisfied with what was presented and undaunted by the enormity of the capital outlay, in the midst of competing demands, he took the bull by the horn and gave a fresh breadth of life to the Station.

Is LTV on DSTV and other International TVs.

In June 2008, Lagos Television scored another first when it became the first and the only state owned Television Station on DSTV Channel 129 and the formal switch-over ceremony was performed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN). The Channel was later changed to 256.

She also secured platforms on Startimes channel 113, GOTV Channel 90, Play TV Channel 950; which increased the Station’s visibility beyond the shores of Nigeria. The live streaming facility on TV now and Lagos Television apps was another plus.

LTV Owner and Year of Establishment.

Although the Lagos State television station was established in October 1980 by Alhaji Lateef Jakande who was a Nigerian journalist and later went on to become the governor of Lagos in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, Lagos Television is a state-owned broadcaster.

Former Governor  Lateef Kayode Jakande was born on July 23, 1929. LTV owner is not really individual, rather as a corporation it is owned by the state government.

Jakande began a career in journalism in 1949, first with the Daily Service and then in 1953, he joined the Nigerian Tribune. In 1956 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Tribune by the owner Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

He left the Tribune to establish John West Publications and begin to publish The Lagos News. It was in 1980 (the year of establishment) that he collaborated with the Lagos State government A YEAR AFTER he was already a Governor of Lagos State to then establish LTV.

He eventually died in Lagos State on 11 February, 2021.


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