Digital Switchover: BON Chairman Pledges Support For NBC

Channels Television  
Updated January 25, 2018
BON Chairman, Mr John Momoh, and NBC DG, Mr Is’haq Modibbo Kawu


The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria has pledged the support of its members for the National Broadcasting Commission towards ensuring a smooth switchover to digital broadcasting in the country.

Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria and Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, assured the NBC of BON’s support on Thursday at the digital switchover stakeholders’ meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Mr Momoh, who said dynamism is the name of the game, called on broadcasters to be more proactive in the face of new challenges.

“We are witnessing an era where the broadcast industry is presenting great opportunities and at the same time facing some threats. Opportunities in the sense that the whole of broadcasting is changing from content platforms like Apple to OTT services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime through to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. And so many companies are eager to get great content,” he said.

“This is where we, as broadcasters, need the support of the NBC – to ensure that it lays the groundwork for future success. The best way for us to invent the future is to put in place the best possible architecture and give the industry the freedom to thrive.”

The Director-General of the NBC, Mr Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, said the year 2018 would be better than previous years with all hands on deck. He also spoke about the prospects and targets of the digital switchover as well as efforts to ensure the impact is felt by all.

The two-day stakeholders’ meeting brings together the major players in Nigeria’s broadcast industry for discussions aimed at ensuring the country gets the digital switchover right.