30 Free TV Channels for Abuja Residents as Digital Switch over Takes off

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says the 30 free TV channels coming to Abuja and environs after the digital switch over (DSO) will be from Nigeria Station.

The Director General of NBC, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, dropped this hint during a recent visit by the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) to the the broadcast regulator.

The Abuja roll out of the DSO coming up in the middle of this December is part of the Nigeria’s commitment to meet up with the June 2017 deadline for the country’s total switch over from analogue to digital as mandated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Abuja residents will receive 30 free channels consisting 5 local channels, 5 regional channels and 20 national channels and this will be replicated in other parts of the country before the deadline, says the DG NBC.

Under the plan, the Abuja DSO is not a pilot but the beginning of the switch over process, the DG said noting that content was at the heart of everything the broadcast regulator is doing in the industry now.

he also hinted that the NBC has organised a content production financing workshop in Lagos, Enugu and Kano for content providers, as part of plans by the Commission to create a Content Development Fund.

Kawu wants the NBC and COSON to work together after the switch over as there will be a lot of local content available, adding that there will also be a digital access fee once the switch over is completed.

“The niche that we occupy in broadcasting and the digital era will enable us to do more and assist broadcast stations. Therefore, the work of COSON was very vital to what we do at the commission” he said.

Chief Alex Tony Okoroji, the Chairman of COSON noted that as the country move to the digital era in the broadcast industry, transmitters will no longer be bought but rather the energy will be fully focused on content creation.

Okoroji asked the broadcast regulator to ensure that before stations renew their licenses, they should request for COSON receipts from them or licenses will not be renewed.

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