Nigeria Broadcast organisations prepare for Digital transition

By Samuel Okocha, Lagos

BON Delegates held their Annual General Meeting on 23rd October 2019 at the TVC Communications headquaters in Lagos.

Heads of broadcasting organisations from different parts of Nigeria converged on Lagos to discuss issues around the growth of the broadcast industry in line with best practices.

They called on the government to give a definite timetable for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country.

The discussions were held as part of the 18th Annual General Meeting and the 72nd General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria with the theme: ‘Nigeria Digital Transition, A Panacea for Economic Growth.’

The convention took place at the TVC Communications headquarters in Lagos.

“Most people in Nigeria have little or no idea that the old way of receiving TV signals in their homes is about to radically change from analogue to digital, nor do they understand the technology they will require to receive new high quality TV signals nor the cost involved,” the Chief Executive Officer of TVC Communications, Andrew Hanlon said.

He stated; “For those of us who work in TV broadcasting and those who watch and advertise on our channels, this is a time of immense change as we prepare for the Digital Switch-Over to Digital Terrestrial Television, DTT.”

Digital terrestrial television (DTT or DTTV) is a technology for terrestrial television in which land-based (terrestrial) television stations broadcast television content by radio waves to televisions in consumers’ residences in a digital format.

BON gets new Chairman
Mrs Sa’aa Ibrahim emerged as the new Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria During the annual eighteenth Annual General Meeting and seventy second General Assembly.

Mrs Ibrahim is the managing Director of Abubakar Rimi Television, Kano. She had previously worked with the Hausa service of DW Radio, Germany. She also the Vice Chairman of BON under the tenure of John Momoh, Chairman of Channels Television.

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) is a broad coalition of public and private broadcast organisations, duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, as the nation’s umbrella body of Terrestrial Free-to-Air Radio and Television (TV), Direct-To-Home (DTH), Digital Terrestial Television (DTT) and Multimedia Distribution System (MMDS).

It is an independent, non-governmental umbrella association of all private, public, commercial and community electronic media houses in Nigeria.



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