Independent Television/Radio

Independent Television/Radio
TypePrivate broadcast network
Founded27 March 1997; 26 years ago (27 March 1997)
by Sir Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion
MottoCertainly the Best
TV stationsIndependent Television
TV transmitters
Radio stationsIndependent Radio
Radio transmitters92.3 FM
HeadquartersBenin City, Nigeria
RegionsOkada, Edo State, Benin City
OwnerGabriel Osawaru Igbinedion
ParentIBW Enterprises
Launch date
27 March 1997
Affiliation(s)CNN, NBC
Official website

Independent Television/Radio is a Nigerian private broadcast network that began transmitting on 27 March 1997. It was founded by Sir Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom.


Independent Television (ITV) received its broadcasting license on 26 June 1993, making it the first privately owned broadcasting station in Nigeria under the parent organization IBW Enterprises. Full transmission began on 27 March 1997.

Expansion and radio arm

In 1998, Independent Radio was launched on 92.3 Mega Hertz FM as a complementary platform to ITV. The radio station was inaugurated by the Oba of Benin, Omo 'N' Oba Nedo, Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Erediawa, on 7 November 1998.


Independent Television/Radio received approval from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to transmit on Channel 42 UHF in the Federal Capital Territory. ITV Abuja commenced transmission on 1 September 2007. The network contributed content to international platforms such as Cable News Network (CNN).

In December 2009, Independent Television/Radio obtained a license for digital satellite broadcasting, allowing global broadcasting of its programs.

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