NIGERIAN GOVERNEMENT WANTS BROADCASTING TO GO DIGITAL

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The Minister of Information, Frank N. Nweke Jnr, has said that the federal government is committed to making sure that broadcasting system in the country embraces the digitalisation.

Speaking at a two-day seminar organised yesterday by the National Broadcasting Commission in Abuja, the minister said the digital system in the mass media is important to Nigeria if the country must succeed along the line of democracy and governance.

Speaking on the topic "Preparing for the digital future in broadcasting," the minister said virtually media industry in other countries had been transformed along this line.

He enumerated countries like America, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia etc and many others, adding that Nigeria cannot be left out.

Speaking on the significance of the transformation, the regional sale director, Harris Corporation, Mr. Victor D.H Reardon, said that the digital transmission gave room for the transmission on handset, computer, television, radio, satellite, internet. He said other countries embarked on the system because it provided a wide-range opportunity for quick dissemination of information to different regions of the society.

Head of Technology, National Broadcasting Commission, Yomi Bolrinwa said digital broadcasting was a long, complex and expensive process because it will affect about 1000 transmitters at 200 sites which will eventually cause everybody to buy new TV sets for receiving the digital transmission programmes.

The Daily Trust