Academic institutions serve as the avenue through which the Commission began the experiment to develop Community Broadcasting in Nigeria, in recognition of Community Broadcasting as the third tier of broadcasting and a key agent of democratisation for socio-cultural, educational and economic development, and in line with the African Charter on Broadcasting. Starting from Unilag FM in the year 2002 [confirm date], They grew to 25 [confirm number] by 2014, in many campuses spread across the country.
Campus broadcasters are licensed principally to train students in broadcasting and other related fields like engineering, information technology, creative arts, use of English, drama etc, and to provide opportunities for practical experience as well as promoting social well-being of the campus community.
Tertiary institutions play a vital role in producing professionals for the industry through the teaching and practice of Mass Communication and other broadcast related courses. Section 2(1) (p) of the NBC Act No. 38 of
1992 (as amended) empowers the Commission to accredit curricula and programmes for tertiary institutions in Nigeria that offer Mass Communication in relation to broadcasting.
For an academic broadcast programme to receive accreditation, the institution shall have a functional broadcast studio and also offer courses in the following key areas and others to be added from time to time.
(a) Broadcasting Law;
(b) The Code and any other Broadcast Regulations;
c) Educational and Instructional Broadcasting;
(e) News Writing, Reporting, Editing and Newscasting;
(f) Radio and TV Production;
(g) Radio and TV Directing;
(h) Radio and TV Script Writing for Drama, Documentary and other Programme Productions;
(i) Radio and TV Presentation Techniques;
(j) Lighting and Sound
(k) Camera Techniques
(l) Broadcast Station Management;
(m) Broadcast Ethics;
(n) Information Technology in Broadcasting;
(o) Technological Developments in the Industry;
(p) Industrial Attachment of not less than six months.