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TVC resumes operations after arson

TVC Communications, which owns and operates TV and radio stations including Max FM and Adaba FM, has resumed operations after being targeted in an arson attack during the End SARS protest.

Andrew Hanlon

Some 44 vehicles, four outside broadcasting vans, three production control rooms and two master control room studio playout machines were destroyed in the incident, while several workers on duty were also injured, said TVC.

“TVC Communications condemns this senseless attack on a company which endeavours merely to disseminate unbiased and balanced news, information and entertainment programmes to Nigerian audiences at home abroad, and which supports the livelihoods of 550 full-time employees and thousands more indirectly,” said a TVC statement.

TVC CEO Andrew Hanlon added: “On October 21 2020, just hours after innocent, peaceful protestors were gunned down in Lagos city, our TV studios and production centre were burned to the ground by rioters and looters destroying years of hard work and huge investment.

“We are the lucky ones. None of our staff was killed or seriously injured, and bricks and mortar can be replaced, unlike the lives lost at the Lekki Toll Plaza. Last Friday, however, despite the odds, our TV and radio stations returned to the airwaves. Determined more than ever before, we will be stronger, better and humbled.”

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TVC unveils Lagos studio

The new studio was unveiled at an event last week

TVC News, a subsidiary of TVC Communications, has launched a new studio at its Lagos headquarters.

The studio was unveiled at a press event held last week in Nigeria’s largest city.

TVC Communications CEO Andrew Hanlon said: “Behind this state-of-the-art studio in Lagos lies the real engine of our news operation: a substantial team of journalists, producers, and the latest mobile satellite technology, spread throughout Nigeria, providing us with the ability to broadcast live anywhere, anytime.

“This will be put to the test this election weekend as over 80 million Nigerians go to the polls to cast their votes.

“We must be capable of mobilising correspondents and technical teams anywhere, anytime in this vast country, to cover stories within a very short space of time to get the story on air first.”

The new studio is part of plans to ensure the TVC group of companies turns into one of the leading media organisations in the country, according to Hanlon.

Stella Din-Jacob, director of news at TVC News, added: “We are incredibly fortunate to have some of the best people and broadcast facilities in continental Africa, which will enable us to bring the highest-quality news service to our viewers right across Nigeria, Africa and Europe.”

TVC was awarded the NBC Prize for the Best TV Station of the Year at the most recent Nigerian Media Merit Awards.

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TVC unveils new on-air branding

Nigerian family entertainment channel TVC has launched new on-air branding, revealed today by parent company TVC Communications.

TVC’s new branding

The move followed research which suggested viewers and advertisers saw the channel’s look as dated and dull,.

TVC Communications CEO Andrew Hanlon said: “Today, we have unveiled a new brand identity, which is reflective of all the key elements identified in that research and is the creation of some of Nigeria’s most talented graphic artists and designers, from both within and outside TVC.

“Our new brand is reflective of our core audience of 15- to 39-year-olds, who are young and modern, ambitious, bright, international in their outlook, yet very much Nigerian and fiercely proud of it.”

TVC’s positioning statement is now ‘Pure Entertainment,’ which will be reflected in the network’s programmes, which will aim to capture Nigeria’s diversity and richness.

“The new brand identity reflects the values and interests of today’s modern entertainment audience, which will be placed across all TVC programming genres, content and formats,” added Hanlon.

“TVC is watched by almost four million Nigerians every day, and as one of the country’s biggest and most successful broadcasters we wanted to reimagine our brand to reflect the ambition of our viewers and the renewed direction of our channel.”

TVC can be found on GOtv channel 27, Play TV channel 801, and StarTimes channel 121.

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BBC partners TVC for news

Lagos-based broadcasting company TVC Communications has announced a collaboration with the BBC World Service, bringing UK news content to the Nigerian channel.

Jamie Angus

The partnership will see TVC and its 24/7 news channel TVC News airing 368 hours of Africa-themed content from the BBC’s news and current affairs teams over the next two years.

Programmes covered by the deal include BBC Sports Africa and the recently launched Africa Eye. The TVC channels will also broadcast other BBC content such as health programmes, children’s content and business analysis.

Andrew Hanlon, CEO and MD of TVC, said: “I am delighted to announce this landmark deal with BBC News, which forms part of a major ongoing investment in our TV and radio business with the aim of dramatically enhancing services to audiences and advertisers alike.

“TVC Communications is undergoing substantial, positive change, which is now delivering benefits to all stakeholders. This collaboration, with one of the world’s most respected content producers, provides further proof of that change.”

Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service, added: “We are pleased to be partnering with TVC Communications. This deal will see more people in Nigeria getting access to brilliant BBC News content. The World Service delivers accurate, impartial and independent journalism to all countries. We spot the stories, see the patterns and make sense of the world.”

BBC World Service delivers content to an audience of over 36 million. It recently added two Nigerian-language services, Yoruba and Igbo, to its World Service in addition to the existing Hausa and Pidgin services.

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TVC News named TV station of the year

TVC Communications network TVC News has been named Best Television Station of the Year at the 26th Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMAs).

Stella Din-Jacob

According to the organisers of the ceremony, which was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, the award recognises TV News’s invaluable contribution to Nigeria’s broadcasting industry.

The judges added that the network’s innovation, professionalism and customer focus saw it surpass its competitors.

Stella Din-Jacob, director of news at TVC News, received the award on behalf of TVC Communications. She said: “We are delighted to be awarded the winner for the Best Television Station of the Year. Having our hard work recognised is a big motivation to work harder and will serve as the tonic that we need to prove to Nigerians that we are both dynamic and innovative.

“Going forward, we will step up the tempo to ensure such laurels become second nature to us. What we did this year, we need to do better because we are only as good as our last performance.”

She added: “We must be seen to live up to our USPs, which are being first, accurate and reliable. Our viewers should expect excellence, professionalism and innovation. TVC News is highly honoured to have received the award. Our dynamic news team is excited to continuously provide consistent and reliable news to our viewers.”

The NMMAs are the foremost media excellence awards in Nigeria and the most prestigious annual celebration of the best in the Nigerian media industry.

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TVC appoints Din-Jacob as news chief

Stella Din-Jacob has been appointed director of news by Nigerian broadcaster TVC Communications.

Stella Din-Jacob

As the Lagos-based television channel engages in strategic changes in its editorial output, Din-Jacob will handle the management of TVC News as well as oversee the division’s strategic direction.

TVC Communications CEO Andrew Hanlon said: “TVC News is about to undergo radical change over the course of the next few months and the change will involve improving editorial output, the ability to break news first and fast, and providing viewers with a modern, attractive and world-class news service which Nigerians will be proud of.

“As a renowned Nigerian broadcast news professional with a pedigree of excellence, Stella Din-Jacob has the experience, drive and determination to bring TVC News to the highest levels to which we aspire as a major African broadcasting company.

“Her commendable experience as a news manager and a practicing broadcast news journalist will be of immense value to the business as we continue our journey of investment and improvement in our services for our viewers and advertisers.”

Having previously been national head of news and general manager of News 24 for Silverbird Communications, Din-Jacob is bringing over 20 years of experience in broadcast news journalism.

She has freelanced for a number of international media organisations including CNN, Al Jazeera, Vatican Radio and UK newspaper The Guardian. At Channels Television, she reported on events across Africa and covered meetings of the UN, Commonwealth, African Union and Ecowas.

“I’m delighted to join TVC Communications and I look forward to the challenge of leading the news team, harnessing creative growth and professional development of dedicated professionals,” Din-Jacob said.

Din-Jacob is a graduate of the University of Kent in the UK and also attended the Nigerian Law School in 1993.

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