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Nigeria: NBC To Start Analogue Switch Off In 2020

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission has reported that plans are underway to begin analogue switch off in six areas starting with Abuja, as from the next year.

The commission also shared that a new Digital Switch-Over timeline would soon be released by the Nigerian government.

Speaking in Lagos at the General Assembly of Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, the Director-General of NBC, Mallam Modibo Kawu, said the other regions that would be switched off were Enugu, Kaduna, Jos, Osogbo and Ilorin.

He pointed out that areas in need of gap-fillers in order to ensure that a digital signal gets to at least 95 percent of the population had been identified.

He also added that the planning for audience measurement implementation had begun with stakeholders in advertising.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, said that with the DSO, the new broadcasting code would mainly focus on the protection of the creative property of content producers.

The acting Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, Godfrey Ohunbunwa, expressed his worry at the slow pace of Nigeria’s digital transition, adding that regulation and funding were crucial to the success of the DSO.

Ohunbunwa said that without firm regulation, there would be no clarity of purpose For the DSO.


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