The June deadline to switch over from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Nigeria would no longer be feasible due to a lack of funding, a top government official said, citing lack of finance. Digital Development
Emeka Mba, the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), made the remarks during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.
He said the major constraint to the realization of the plan was lack of finance, adding that the commission would have to look for alternative source of fund to be able to meet up.
“I hope the commission will be able to switch over from analogue to digital in the next 18 months,” he added.
“With the pace the commission is going, by Dec. 2016, we should be where we want to be,” Mba told reporters.
The director general expressed confidence that digitization of the nation’s broadcasting industry would bring about tremendous development to the nation.
Mba said 12 community radio broadcast stations had been approved, two in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He said with digitization, Nigerians may not be able to receive the signals they were receiving in the past.
This, he said, could only be possible with the help of a Set- Top box connected to the television set.
The commission began a pilot digital switch over project in central north city of Jos in Plateau State in 2014. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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