Africa Radios and TVs want extra delay for the digital transition

Regulation & Policy

The Yaoundé Declaration sanctioned the 7th General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasting (in French UAR-Assemblée générale de l’Union africaine de radiodiffusion), held on 27 and 28 January 2014 in the capital of Cameroon.

The Yaoundé Declaration declares that radios and televisions from the continent require the postponement of the 17 June 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the complete digital switch.

Still, the UAR want to ensure that, despite the difficulties, the member countries have committed to make every effort to achieve next year’s goal. A memorandum was signed, calling for easier access to sources of funding to ensure a smooth and successful digital transition. The memorandum will be submitted to the African Union.

The UAR also wants to take the Heads of State of Africa to advocate for lower prohibitive costs of broadcasting rights for sporting events, including the Confederation of African Football ( Caf ). It is a call to African channels for the adoption of a common position on the sharing of digital dividends.

During the two-day meeting, delegates of the 7th of general assembly of the UAR also discussed the production of quality local content through the national TV channels and radio stations. These media are called to also promote the status of women.

The UAR is committed to develop a more effective communication plan to make its activities more visible. To achieve that, you need resources. This is why member countries were invited to settle their arrears of contributions.

Source: Agency  Ecofin – Wednesday, 29 January 2014. Translated from French by Balancing Act.