The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Africa’s Largest Radio Network with six Zonal Stations operating on Short and Medium Wave Bands and two Operations Centres, as well as over 32 FM Stations across the country, was established by the FRCN Decree No. 8 of 1978 with sole rights to Shortwave or powerful Medium wave broadcasting for effective and simultaneous reception in the country.
IN 1988, the Decrees was amended to enable the Corporation generate revenue through commercial broadcasting.
The FRCN, as a public service organization, has the mandate to provide impartial radio broadcasting services within Nigeria for the purpose of informing, educating and entertaining the public through up-to date and well researched News and Programmes.
It has a Board of Directors headed by a Chairman while the Director General Is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.
To inform, educate and entertain through the creation and maintenance of Broadcast Outfits that will serve as Models in Nigeria and Africa in terms of Standards, Professionalism and Character.
To be an impartial, credible, creative and digitized Medium in the forefront of Nigeria’s National Development, Unity and Progress.
- To provide, as a public service in the interest of Nigeria, independentand impartial radio broadcasting services for general reception within Nigeria
- Ensure that the services, which it provides, when considered as a whole, shall reflect the unity of Nigeria as a federation and, at the same time, give adequate expression to the culture, characteristics, affairs and opinions of each state or part of the federation
BRIEF HISTORY OF FRCN
- Pioneer broadcast organization in Nigeria with a rich culture of excellence.
- Evolved through different stages to become what it is today – the largest Radio Network in Africa.
- Radio Broadcasting was introduced into Nigeria in 1933 by the Colonial Government.
– relayed the overseas service of the British Broadcasting Corporation through wired system with loudspeakers at the listening end called Radio Diffusion System, RDS.
- From the RDS emerged the Nigeria Broadcasting Service, NBS in April 1950.
- Prior to the NBS, the Colonial Government had commissioned the Nigeria Broadcasting Survey undertaken by Messrs Byron and Turner which recommended the establishment of stations in Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan and Kano.
- T.W. Chalmers, a Briton and Controller of the BBC Light Entertainment Programme was the first Director-General of the NBS.
- The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC came into being in April 1957 through an Act of Parliament No. 39 of 1956. The Director General was Mr. J.A.C Knott OBE
Mr. J.A.C Knott OBE
- In 1978, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation was re-organized to become the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN.
- The NBC was instructed to handover its stations that broadcast on Medium Wave frequencies in the States to the State Governments and it took over Short Wave Transmitters from the States.
- The Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria, BCNN, was merged with the NBC stations in Lagos, Ibadan and Enugu to become the present day FRCN.
Reverend Victor BADEJO
- The Reverend Victor BADEJO was the first indigenous Director-General of Radio Nigeria.