Digital Switch-Over: NBC, NIGCOMSAT, NITDA strike partnership deal

The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), says it is partnering with Nigerian Communications Satellite, (NIGCOMSAT), agency to accelerate the process of digital switch-over, (DSO), in the country.

The Director-General of the Commission, Malam Balarabe Ilelah, made the disclosure in a statement issued by Ekanem Antia, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of NBC, at the weekend, in Abuja.

The statement quoted Illelah as speaking during a visit to the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Dr. Abimbola Alale.

He explained that the visit was to discuss and identify areas where the two agencies could have a mutually beneficial relationship.

Ilelah noted that the importance of inter-agency collaborations could not be over-stressed, as it would add value to their mandates and strengthen their relationship which, in turn, would contribute immensely to the growth and development of the country.

The Director-General said that the country had made huge progress towards the switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and the benefits the viewers and stakeholders had experienced so far.
He said that the next State to be switched on was Kano State, adding that it would start enjoying the benefits from Sept 30.

Ilelah, who observed very little presence of indigenous players in the Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem, expressed willingness to encourage more local participation in the digital switch-over project.

He stressed that with the support and cooperation of NIGCOMSAT, the DSO project would be seamless.

Responding, Alale appreciated the NBC boss for the visit and expressed NIGCOMSAT’s readiness to support the Commission in achieving a successful DSO roll-out in the country.

She lauded NBC’s efforts at regulating and controlling the broadcasting industry in Nigeria, saying that this had impacted positively on broadcast programmes and contents across the board.

Similarly, the NBC boss paid a courtesy call on the Director-General, National Information Development Agency, (NITDA), Kahifu Abdullahi, to seek the support of the agency towards the successful launch of DSO in the remaining States and automation of the Commission’s operations and services.

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