Digital Switch-Over: BON Chairman Initiates Stakeholders’ Meeting
Ahead of the June 2017 deadline for digital switch-over, the federal government is hoping to facilitate a meeting of players in the broadcast industry to resolve issues affecting digitization in the country.
During a meeting with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed in Abuja, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Mr John Momoh, suggested that the meeting be held to aggregate the challenges affecting digitization and proffer solutions to them.
He told Channels TV that the digital switch-over was on course but there were gray areas that need to be resolved.
He said: “He (Minister) has an ear to the ground and knows what he is doing as regards the digital switch-over and he welcomed the idea of a stakeholders’ meeting which I put forward.
“The stakeholders’ meeting will be such that will get (together) people like the fiber companies, the broadcasters, the platform carriers, signal distributor, content aggregators and producers as well as the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) who should actually be one of the stakeholders since they monitor the kind of setup boxes that would be manufactured in the country.
“We will all come to the table and address the issues confronting the DSO.”
The Minister admitted that the meeting was necessary and should be held regularly until the target date.
He hoped that the meeting would be called soon as it would “not only discuss issues that are strategic and important to the process”.
“We are talking about channels owners, setup box manufacturers, the distributors, the aggregators; everybody.
“We need to meet regularly so that as we move forward, we would ensure nobody is left behind,” the Minister said.
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