The National Broadcasting Commission says it will switch on Kaduna state to the digital broadcasting platform on Friday to join Kwara state which goes live Wednesday, December, 20, 2017.
The event in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday December 20, 2017, is scheduled to take place at the premises of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 9, Fate Road, Ilorin, and that of Kaduna, Kaduna State on Friday December 22, 2017, is scheduled to take place at the premises of the Pinnacle Broadcast Ltd, No 7, Rabah Road, GRA, Kaduna.
According to the Commission, the Switch on of the two locations (Kwara State with ITS Ltd as signal distributor and Kaduna State with Pinnacle Broadcasts Ltd as signal distributor), is in compliance with the Commission’s phased Digital Switch On timetable, tailored towards achieving the one – state – per – geo-political Zone in Nigeria, agreed upon by Stakeholders in the Broadcasting Industry, to gradually achieve Digital Terrestrial Television services coverage all over Nigeria.
The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu however, assured that the switch-on will provide a mixture of Local, Regional and National television channels on the FreeTV bouquet. He explained further that the choice of one state from each geo-political zone for the phased timetable of the switchover was deliberate in order to sustain the momentum.
According to him: “Our goal is to enable the evolution of a digital television ecosystem that not only transforms television and broadcasting in general but also help bridge the digital divide, create jobs and grow our national economy”.
While thanking Federal government for their support so far, Kawu also thanks all stakeholders for their support in this arduous journey, and appeals for cooperation from all DSO stakeholders and Nigerians as the NBC does all within its means to successfully take Nigerian broadcasting onto the digital ecosystem.
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