Digital Switchover Will Boost Nigeria’s Economy – BON Chairman, Momoh

Digital Switchover Will Boost Nigeria’s Economy – BON Chairman, Momoh

The Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh (OON), believes Nigeria’s switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting will improve the nation’s economy.

Mr Momoh, who is also the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), said this on Friday at the launching of the digital switchover process in Kaduna State.

“The take-up of digital is likely to boost sales of television sets and digital video recorders — and digital TV could lead to positive upstream benefits in terms of increased time spent watching TV and it will be a boost to the nation’s economy,” he said.

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Kaduna, Plateau, and Kwara (where the switchover was also launched two days ago), are among the states selected by the government for the pilot phase of the process.

Addressing an audience in Kaduna, the Channels Media Group boss highlighted the benefits of the switchover to broadcasters and the broadcasting industry.

“We expect an increase in the capacity of broadcast transmission networks by improving spectrum efficiency; in other words, more data can be transmitted to units,” Momoh said.

“We expect the provision of better signal quality which increases robustness to interference in picture degradation, the support of HD services and interactivity, potential reduction in transmission network energy usage.”

According to the BON Chairman, digital switchover provides an opportunity for terrestrial broadcasters to address the challenges posed by paid television operators among others in a competitive environment.

On the part of consumers, he said the benefits arising from the switchover are widely recognised and enormous.

He added that they would take effect relatively quickly and would be driven primarily by increases in programming and quality.

“There are also broader benefits to society in the fact that the potential use of digital broadcasting will narrow the digital divide,” he said.

Mr Momoh, however, stressed the need for government to facilitate DTT take-up and minimise consumer destruction at analogue switch-off, saying it would provide time for regulators in the industry to address coverage and content related issues.

He also listed consumer awareness and affordability of setup boxes as some of the factors that could cause delays and recommended engagement of all stakeholders to tackle such issues.

He further asked the government to spearhead the digital switchover process and called for proper regulation on the part of the legislature.

“The digital switchover only works if it is government-led and there has to be a clear legislation regulation and overall coordination body in place.

“I am happy to note that this is happening but I must emphasise that government must, and I repeat, government must fund the DSO process; anything short of this will make us go round in circles,” said the award-winning station’s CEO.

The event was attended by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, and Kaduna State Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai, among other stakeholders in the media industry.

Digital Switch-Over: BON Chairman Initiates Stakeholders’ Meeting

BON Chairman Meets With Information MinisterAhead 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.

Channels Television Celebrates 21st Anniversary

Channels-TelevisionAfter twenty-one years of providing professional broadcasting to its teeming viewers, the management and staff of award winning station, Channels Television, have rolled out the drums to celebrate the station’s various achievements.

The first in the series of activities lined up for the celebration took place in Lagos on Sunday, with a thanksgiving service at ‘our saviour’s’ church.

The vicar of the church, Venerable Julius Oyediran congratulated the founders of the station, John and Sola Momoh for their vision and professionalism.

He said it is heart-warming to know that 21 years after, Channels remains the undisputed source of news for most Nigerians.

He also spoke about the security situation in Nigeria and thanked the federal government for its efforts in alleviating the suffering of the citizens.

The clergyman however mentioned that there are some others that are inimical to the success of the country, and they would not be successful.

According to him, “there is a rumour that the National House of assembly is collecting up to 15 million monthly per head, as monthly remuneration.

“If that is true, then they are evil and they are wicked and insensitive to the plight of the citizens of this country.”

He then called on such persons to repent from their actions, stating that a lot of people are being owed salaries while even some pensioners have died waiting for their pensions.

He therefore charged the government and those in power, to change their ways for the good of those who elected them there.

Fayose Hails John Momoh’s Emergence As BON Chairman

Fayose, John MomohGovernor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the election of Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He extolled Mr Momoh’s virtues as an ace broadcaster and veteran journalist whose hard work and expertise as a media entrepreneur has earned him several deserving awards.

He highlighted his national award as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), his 2014 Planet Africa Awards for Excellence in Leadership among others, as well deserved honour.

Mr Fayose believes that broadcasting in Nigeria is set on a dynamic and prosperous course with Mr Momoh now in the saddle.

John Momoh
Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh

“It is heartwarming to commend Mr John Momoh for emerging the first professional and private television entrepreneur to become the chairman of the BON.

“Mr. Momoh is a core professional who has practised his trade in broadcasting with sound judgment and strict adherence to its ethical tenets.

“He has brought his professionalism to bear on the management of the Channels Television which has since emerged as a leading broadcasting station in the country as well as a multiple award winning 24-hour news television channel.

“Momoh is widely recognized in Nigeria as a transformative industry pioneer with his 37-year-long career in news television broadcasting.

“Little wonder he was included in a new book by veteran journalists and ex-helmsmen of The Daily Sun newspapers, Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, titled ‘50 WORLD EDITORS — Conversations with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices’, where his success story and that of Channels TV is chronicled as a chapter.

“While I wish him a great time as BON helmsman, I want to urge him to continue to adhere to the ethical tenets guiding the trade and also protect the sanctity of the noble profession,” Governor Fayose said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.

Mr John Momoh was elected as Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) at the annual delegate conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Abuja.

He polled 51 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Abbas Dalhatu from Freedom Radio, Kano who scored 12 votes.

This is the first time a private television media owner would be holding this position.