The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin, has urged the university to be the source of outstanding intellectual discourse, accurate news and solutions to societal problems.
Babalakin spoke on Tuesday at a briefing on UNILAG TV at the university’s Senate building, where January 17 was announced as the day the station would begin operation on StarTimes’ Channel 184.
He said, “I hope this station will be the centre of very interesting discussions. I am hoping that it will be a centre of correct and accurate news and will begin the end of fake news in Nigeria.
“We are hoping that it will bring back the vibrancy of intellectual discourse and become a great centre. I really look forward to you providing what is missing today.
“A lot of TV stations have done very well, but I believe there is room for a TV station that will acquire the reputation of being a source of the most outstanding intellectual discourse. I want UNILAG TV to always bring together the leaders of opinion, the most resourceful people and the most intellectual people in every area to discuss issues.”
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, said the television station would see to the education, information and entertainment of students and the people of Lagos State.
According to Ogundipe, the station would have a one hour belt for distance learning students and promote the culture of the institution’s immediate environment.
He said, “We are pleased to blaze the trail by establishing the first campus TV in Nigeria and West Africa. UNILAG TV will fly on the platform of StarTimes Digital Broadcasting Channel 184. It will serve as a reference point in sports, documentaries, quality entertainment and an instrument of educational advancement. There will be a time belt for distance learning students. Before the end of the year, we want to merge the activities of students in the arts, social sciences and science to generate quality content.”
Ogundipe also said the TV station would improve the university’s international ranking, as well as serve as a platform to showcase the students’ potential and talents.
Also, the Chairman, UNILAG Multimedia Ventures Limited, Prof. Muyiwa Falaye, said the UNILAG TVlooked forward to generating 60 per cent local content and contributing to the internally generated revenue of the institution.