Emeka Mba, the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), has said that that with digitization, there will be no more reference to broadcast stations as we have them but we will be talking technically of broadcast signals.
The broadcast industry regulator, who said this at the extraordinary meeting of the National Council on Information at the weekend, said that the focus of today’s broadcast stations would then be on content production in the new dispensation.
According to him, this will allow broadcast institutions to concentrate more on content provisions and translation to local languages which the people can relate to, rather than concentrating on maintenance of hard assets hitherto used for broadcasting prior to switchover date.
Mba explained that digitization as opposed to analogue broadcasting “will improve television/broadcasting experience for our people.”
He told participants at the extraordinary meeting of NCI to join hands with FG to make sure that Nigeria goes the entire hog of the digitization process as the FG has already set it off in Jos, Plateau State “a few days ago.”
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Emeka Mba, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)”]According to him, this will allow broadcast institutions to concentrate more on content provisions and translation to local languages which the people can relate to, rather than concentrating on maintenance of hard assets hitherto used for broadcasting prior to switchover date.[/blockquote]
Meanwhile, Folasade Yemi –Esan, Head of the Secretariat of National Council on Information, has called on stakeholders to give deserving attention to the issues arising from the digitization of TV stations to ensure that Nigeria transits adequately without hitch.
Yemi–Esan made the call in her welcome address to the delegates to the Extraordinary Meeting of the National Council of Information on Saturday at the meeting being held at the Rockview Hotel in Abuja, under the theme ‘Digitzation process and Security in our Nation.’
The event was attended by the National Security Adviser, the Minister of Communication, the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Commissioners of Information of States of the Nigerian Federation and Heads of the Agencies under Federal Ministry of Information joined by officials of Federal Ministry of Information.
Yemi –Esan, who is also the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Information, stated that the extraordinary meeting of the NCI was meant to update members of the meeting and Nigerians with the level of implementation of the digitization process throughout the country.
She also express the need to remind the council members of the 17 point communiqué issued at the end of the 7th Biennial Conference of Africa Broadcasters (AFRICAST) held in Abuja, 21st to 23rd October, 2008.
Yemi-Esan warned of the dire consequences Nigeria risks, of paying painful penalty of being isolated from the world’s broadcasting community.