Namibian Broadcasting Corporation
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|Founded||The NBC was established in line with the Namibian Broadcasting Act, Act 9 of 1991.|
|Owner||Government of Namibia|
|South West African Broadcasting Corporation|
|Namibian Broadcasting Corporation|
It was established in 1990, replacing the South West African Broadcasting Corporation.
In November 1969, South Africa's state broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) began FM radio services in Namibia, then known as South West Africa, including Radio Ovambo, broadcasting in the Kwanyama and Ndonga languages, and also Radio Herero and Radio Damara Nama.
The introduction of Radio Kavango along the northeastern border with Angola followed in February 1976 in the Kwangan, Mbukushu and Jeiriku languages. However, the SABC relinquished control of these services in May 1979, when the South West African Broadcasting Corporation (SWABC) known in Afrikaans as Suidwes-Afrikaanse Uitsaaikorporasie (SWAUK) came into being.
The SWABC's television service was introduced in 1981, comprising a mix of SABC programming (pre-recorded on cassettes) and local programming in English, Afrikaans and German. Following the establishment of the NBC in 1990, the television channel began broadcasting entirely in English. In June 2009, NBC television established a weekly German news magazine produced by the radio department's NBC German Service, which was given another programme slot due to its immediate success within the German-speaking community. An Afrikaans television news programme is currently broadcast, along with television news bulletins in all local languages.
The NBC operates one 24 hour radio station in English - NBC National Radio - and nine so-called language-services that broadcast between 10 and 15 hours per day in Afrikaans, Damara and Nama, German, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Rukavango, Tirelo yaSetswana, Silozi and !Ha.
The majority of radio stations are broadcast from radio studios in Windhoek (Pettenkoffer Street), although many Oshiwambo programmes emanate from studios in Oshakati. Rukavango service is broadcast from the NBC Rundu studios, and SiLozi service is broadcast from studios in Katima Mulilo.
The NBC currently operates three television channels (NBC 1, 2 and 3, respectively), primarily in English, but with some programming in German and indigenous languages. NBC 1 is also available on the DSTV satellite platform. NBC 2 & 3, however, can only be accessed by the DTT - Digital Terrestrial Television - decoders currently being sold throughout Namibia.  There was some discussion regarding the cost of these digital decoders 
It had a monopoly on free-to-air television in Namibia until 2008, when One Africa Television, a new privately owned television station was launched.
Another terrestrial platform - GoTV - has also been launched with a low cost bouquet of channels, including NBC TV 1. 
- Official site
- The Pumamouse Website: SWABC (South West African Broadcasting Corporation)
- The Pumamouse Website: SWABC The Pumamouse Website: SWABC: Letters From Robin Tyson)
- Clip of SWABC news in Afrikaans, 1987
- Rothe, Andreas (2010): Media System and News Selection in Namibia, p.41-53