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Title:Language choice and language allocation in Nigerian broadcasting services
Author:Brann, Conrad Max BenedictISNI
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:Nigeria
language policy
language usage
Abstract:The development of language use in Nigerian broadcasting has generally followed the pattern of language use in administration. The earliest broadcasting service in Nigeria, called Radio Distribution Service, commenced in Lagos in 1935, rediffusing BBC programmes in English. In 1952, the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) was formed and with it a number of regional broadcasting stations. But it was not until 1954 that the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was established and regional stations began to use so-called 'network languages', c. 12 languages spoken by some 1 million speakers each. The 1979 Constitution saw the transformation of the NBC into the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), and with the strengthening of the role of the 19 states by the federal government, each state instituted its own broadcasting corporation and local languages began to be used increasingly for grassroots broadcasting. This paper discusses the three levels of broadcasting in Nigeria - national, regional and local, and surveys the linguistic situation in each of the 19 states in 1982, as well as the languages used by each state radio corporation. It also raises the question of the function of broadcasting services in language standardization. Bibliogr., notes, ref.