Organizational Structure for Nigeria Television Authority
The Nigerian Television Authority or NTA is a Nigerian government-owned and partly commercial broadcaster.Originally known as Nigerian Television (NTV), it was inaugurated in 1977 with a monopoly on national television broadcasting, after a takeover of regional television stations by military governmental authorities in 1976. After declining interest from the public in government-influenced programming,it lost its monopoly over television broadcasting in Nigeria in the 1990s.
The NTA runs the largest television network in Nigeria with stations in several parts of the country. It is widely viewed as the “authentic voice” of the Nigerian government.
THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF NTA CHANNELS
The General Manager
This is the overall boss of NTA. He is responsible for overseeing all the departments which includes the administrative, programmes, news and current affairs, finance, engineering and marketing departments.
This is the head of the administrative office. He/she is in charge of the day to day activities; responsible for hiring and firing staff, promotion, updating of staff records. He/she also monitors the welfare and well being of the staff. It is the responsibility of this department to ensure that there is smooth flow of duties. The administrative department, through the leadership of the admin manager also impose discipline and sanctions such as query when necessary.
The programmes manager is the head of programmes dept. This department is in charge of production and presentation area of the station. Under the programmes department, there is library unit where compact discs, tapes, recorded programmes, film promos, advertisements, documentaries (and other audio-visual content), which are to be transmitted are kept, also, for storage after transmission.
The editing unit is also part of the programmes department. This unit is responsible for editing various outdoor events or recorded programmes before such go on air.
Manager, News and Current Affairs Department
This is the head of the news and current affairs department. This department is responsible for news gathering and news casting. The department has correspondents who are attached to permanent beats where they report news worthy events that occur in their beats.
As part of their news gathering process, it is also part of their responsibility to monitor foreign stations for news and also source from newspapers. This forms part of the news bulletin aired on the station. According to the Admin Officer of the NTA Channel 10 Lagos, Mr Olajide Moore, it is the responsibility of the newscaster to select the crew such as reporter, cameramen and driver. They go to various events such as conferences, meeting, launchings etc to also gather news worthy events.
Announcements such as missing person’s announcement, obituary and burial arrangements announcements, are also prepared in this department.
This is the head of finance department. He/she is in charge of receiving the proceeds made from sales of the stations air space/air time. The marketing department is responsible for the sales, which in turn remits proceeds to the finance department which is in charge of income and expenditure.
The auditor also falls under the finance department. A key figure, he/she is responsible for auditing the money that goes in and out of the station for proper accountability.
Chief Manager, Engineering Services
He/she heads the engineering department. The department is in charge of maintenance and use of the station’s equipment. This department works hand in hand with programmes division to transmit programmes. They ensure equipment is made available for production and transmission of the programmes, also, ensuring the mast and transmitters work perfectly.
He/she heads the marketing department and is responsible for selling airtime; for programs which are aired on the station. This department, under the Marketing Manager also ‘rents’ out physical space within the station’s premises for those who wish to host events there. It is also the responsibility of the marketing department to go out and source for sponsorships and advertisement from companies who wish to advertise their products and independent producers who wish to air their programmes on the channel.
THE SYNERGY AMONG DEPARTMENTS
The departments work hand in hand as there is cordial relationship among the staff in the station. Without this, there won’t be an enabling environment to achieve the set goals and objectives of the station.
HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER
The administrative department ensures that every staff is carried along in matters of the organization. They visit every department to make sure there is good working condition in place. The admin department works hand in hand with the finance department to purchase equipment for the station and ensure timely maintenance. The admin writes purchasing orders also referred to as claim. This has to be endorsed by the admin manager who in turn passes it to the general manager for approval. The approved purchasing order is then taken to finance department for funds be made available.
This cycle depicts the fact that every department, with admin department as a meeting point, get to work and interact together frequently.
The admin also works with the engineering department to purchase diesel for the generating plants which is used to power the station in event of power outage.
Succinctly put, no department is an island (exists on its own). All units work together for the continued functionality of the station; NTA Channel 10 Lagos.
The station motivates its staff by providing free transportation for them. The station also ensures that claims are given to workers who perform overtime duties. Also, by virtue of the nature of some staff roles, they are required to work overnight; such are given free dinner and comfortable resting place.