Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation

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Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation (TBC)
Type Broadcast, satellite, television network
Country Tanzania
Availability North America, Europe, Asia and Africa
Owner Government of Tanzania
Launch date
1951 (1951)
Official website

The Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation is a television network. It is Tanzania's national network and is government-owned and operated.


Radio broadcasts began on July 1, 1951. Until 1994, there was no single television network operating on mainland Tanzania. The only station of the United Republic was Television Zanzibar (TVZ), which was established in the early 1970s. Whereas other African countries had decided to establish television shortly before or soon after independence Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s cabinet resisted the introduction of television at all, insisting that the medium was too expensive and that Tanzania’s radio coverage was yet too imperfect. Moreover, it was argued that such an expansion would merely serve the upper and wealthy strata of the population as an entertainment medium. On the contrary, television proponents claimed that the medium could be an effective instrument in the national development process since it produced social awareness among the people. As a consequence acceptance of and participation in various development programmes could be ensured. But in June 1974, President Julius Nyerere settled the matter by saying: "When we have a satellite that would make it possible to cover the whole country I will go for television ... and not until then.“ As a result, the schemes of many institutions, such as UNESCO, Swedish Telecommunications Administration (Swedtel), Nippon Electric Corporation, or the British Marconi Company, were simply archived. In addition, the importation of TV sets was banned by law in 1974. Despite this, after the launch of many private TV Stations the government decided that in 2001 it awarded a TV channel to TBC.


Programming includes news and entertainment. In March 2017, Tanzania Broad Casting Corporation quoted the 45th President of The United States of America Donald Trump as saying that Tanzanian president John Magufuli was "the African hero". Leaders of opposition party Chadema condemned TBC for falling for the news, which was later revealed to be fake.[1]


TBC broadcasts on a single TV channel[2] and 3 radio stations (though private television channels and radio stations also exist) and is also available via satellite[3] and online.[4]

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  1. ^ "Tanzania: Fake News Increasingly Haunts Tanzania". The CItizen. Dar Es Salaam: AllAfrica. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Nkwame, Marc (28 July 2013), "Tanzania: Digital Beats Analogue in More Television Coverage", AllAfrica, retrieved 23 August 2017 
  3. ^ "Tanzania profile - Media1", BBC, 8 August 2017, retrieved 23 August 2017 
  4. ^ "HOME", Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 23 August 2017 

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