BON Holds 3rd International Summit On Digital Broadcasting

Broadcast media executives have converged on Lagos for the 3rd international summit on Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria.

The event organized by the Broadcast Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and BSP Media International had the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in attendance.

In his address, the minister said a scientific audience measurement will enable the process of broadcast digitization reach its goals in Nigeria.

He, therefore, insisted that broadcasters will benefit more from the new system if the number of viewers is accurate.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of BON, Mr John Momoh who was represented by the Vice President of BON, called on the government to be a strong support for the movement from analog to digital broadcasting by providing impactful policies for the industry.

NBC launches Digital Broadcasting In Kaduna

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has launched the Kaduna phase of the Digital Switch Over (DSO), signalling the commencement of the full roll-out of digital broadcasting across the state capital and environs.

Speaking at the DSO launch in Kaduna, the Director General of NBC, Suleiman Kawu who described the launch as revolutionary in the Nigerian broadcasting ecosystem, said 30 free channels would be made available for residents upon the switch over.

He added that Set-Top Boxes (decoders) will soon be provided for the commencement.

Before now, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had given Nigeria a deadline of June 2017 to switch from analogue to digital across the country.

But the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has at last edged the country into the league of the digital world.

The journey started on April 30, 2016 in Jos, the Plateau State capital, when the Minister of Information and Culture launched the pilot phase of the Federal Government’s digital transmission project that kick started the digitization process in the country.

Kawu says although the DSO will not take place in one fell swoop across the country, the Federal Government remains resolute in its commitment to meeting the 2017 deadline for the DSO.

With the successfully implementation, there are renewed hopes for content providers to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.

Abuja Joins The Digital Switch Over Train

Abuja, Digital Switch Over Nigeria’s journey to full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting appears to be gaining momentum as Abuja, the nation’s capital city, joins the moving train.

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory, now have access to 30 free-to-air channels, with nearly 70 per cent local content on their television sets, following the Digital Switch Over that took place on Thursday.

According to the federal government, six more states from each of the nation’s geo-political zones will be switched over in the coming months.

The President, represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Government was also determined to ensure a seamless roll-out of the DSO in all the states of the federation because of the multiplier effect of the benefits.

“Technology is transforming our lives and livelihoods daily, in new and more dramatic ways. Perhaps more important are the doors opened by digital transition”.

According to him, the the successful launch of the pilot scheme in Jos in April, has “clearly demonstrated the gains of Digital Switch Over.

“Let me restate for emphasis that this government is irreversibly committed to meeting the June 2017 deadline for the switch over in the West African sub-region and also to the roll-out of the DSO in all the states of the federation.

With this move, the Federal Government has made good on its initial plans to launch digital broadcasting in December.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, had earlier stated that the process of digitization would also provide over a million jobs for Nigerian youths within the next two years.

He further stated that digitization of broadcasting offers Nigeria a lot of opportunities with multi-faceted and very far-reaching benefits especially in the areas of economics, politics, education, entertainment, science and technology.

 

FG Targets 70% Local Content For Digital Switch Over

lai mohammed, Digital Switch Over The Federal Government has set a target to generate 70% local broadcast content as Nigeria prepares for the Digital Switch Over in June, 2017.

It has also unveiled plans to create more jobs and earn one billion Dollars in annual revenue from the broadcast industry.

These were some of the projections made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, while speaking at the 2016 edition of the AFRICAST in Abuja.

He further stated that digitization of broadcasting offers Nigeria a lot of opportunities with multi-faceted and very far-reaching benefits especially in the areas of economics, politics, education, entertainment, science and technology.

Stating other benefits, the minister added that digitization will increase the number of the current 450 TV stations in Nigeria.

The three-day conference and exhibition for players in the broadcasting industry, was organised by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Broadcasting commission to involve private sector in transition to digital broadcasting

Director General of the National broadcasting Commission, Mr. Yomi Bolarinwa has blamed government policies on the commission’s inability to transit from analogue broadcasting to the highly anticipated digital broadcasting.

He said the federal government will soon constitute a committee that will aid the seamless transition. He gave kudos to media broadcast organisations for upgrading their production equipment to digital, a situation he said has taken the transition a step closer.

Mr. Bolarinwa said the commission has served as a big brother to broadcasting organisations in the country.

“Regulation for us in the National Broadcasting Commission is about a relationship that ensure…. that when you do wrong… even before you do wrong you are been told this is not right why don’t you do it the right way”.

Mr. Bolarinwa while speaking on Channels TV weekend breakfast show Sunrise, said the digital platform will afford viewers access to more content.

Created 20 years ago, the director general gave the commission a pass mark in terms of performance and living up to the reason for its creation.