Channels Television logo
|Owned by||John Momoh (Executive Chairman)
Olusola Momoh (Executive Vice-Chairman)
|Slogan||Your Home for the News|
|UHF||Channel 26 (Benin)|
|UHF||Channel 31 (Abuja)|
|UHF||Channel 39 (Lagos)|
|UHF||Channel 45 (Kano)|
|United Kingdom||Thema TV|
|United States||Africa TV|
|East Africa||Lanciea Broadcasting|
Channels Television is an independent and multiple award winning 24-hour news and media television channel based in Lagos, Nigeria. The parent company Channels incorporated was founded in 1992, a year before the Nigerian government deregulated the broadcast media and began broadcasting in 1995. Its primary focus is producing news and current affairs programs on Nigerian domestic issues. The Channel's mission is to act as a watchdog on governmental policies and activities. Operating in Nigeria's popular broadcast media market, Channels Television is the first and only thriving national TV brand, dedicated solely to the dissemination of news. It is the first Nigerian broadcaster to stream its television programming live for 24 hours.
Channels Television was founded in 1995 as a private television station with only 15 employees by Nigerian veteran broadcaster and entrepreneur John Momoh and Sola Momoh, also a broadcaster. The company commenced operations in Lagos, south western Nigeria and has since grown to include three other stations in Abuja, Edo and Kano states. It also has bureaus in almost every state in Nigeria, including stringers and affiliates in other parts in Africa, as well as strong relationships with international media organizations which allows access to information around the world.
The channel was licensed in June 1993 and allocated a frequency on UHF (Channel 39). It began transmission two years later under the name, "Channels Television", and the first terrestrial broadcast was on the 1st of July 1995, with John Momoh reading the first news bulletin. Channels TV currently broadcasts to an audience of over 20 million people.
In September 2008, Channels Television was shut down by President Yar'Adua, who sent Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) to shut down the station and to arrest its senior staff due to channel's report of Yar'Adua's bad health. The report by Channels Television was attributed to information received from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). However, after the investigation, NAN announced that the channel did not issue any statement regarding the President stepping down, but instead that its computer was hacked into, in protest Channels TV discontinued its of the NANS wire service up to this date. It was proven that e-mail, received by Channels TV, was a hoax sent from a computer in the Ivory Coast. Nigeria's Minister of Information, John Odey, gave the statement to the BBC emphasizing the government was angered by the report.
Channels Television’s team has produced feature programs, which have received commendation throughout the country. Video footage of events and happenings in Nigeria, shot by the Channels Television news crews have been used widely by broadcast organizations such as BBC, CNN and ITN. Its flagship program, "News at Ten", is considered as the most popular and most watched news in Nigeria.
Since 2009, Channels Television organizes and hosts "Channels National Kids Cup", a sport event for school children from sixteen Nigerian states held in Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. General Manager of Channels Television, Steve Judo, stated that Channels Television is socially responsible media and as such chose to engage in the development of football from the roots.
2012 Nigerian bombing
In January 2012, journalist Enenche Akogwu, who worked as a correspondent in Kano for Channels Television, was shot and killed while reporting on coordinated attacks there claimed by the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. According to his colleagues, Akogwu had shown up after a bombing and began filming a crowd gathered there without knowing they were armed sect members.
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Awards and recognition
In 2013, the channel won multiple awards, such as "Best TV Station in Africa" awarded by African Achievers Awards, "Most Compliant Television Station In Media Category" by Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Lagos State Ministry Of Education’s "Jam Feast" award for its contribution towards youth invention and educational development, "Best Report On Maternal Health" by the Society of Gynaecology And Obstetrics Of Nigeria (Sogon), and Customer Service Excellence Award in Media.
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- "The Drama Behind Closure of Channels Television". Sahara Reporters. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
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- "Channels TV once again wins best Nigerian TV award". Biz Community. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Channels TV Wins Best Nigerian TV Award for the 8th Time". Nigeria Communications Week. Retrieved 22 April 2014.