BAUCHI – The Bauchi State Government has set up a committee of experts in the broadcast industry to ensure a smooth migration of the state-owned television station, from analog to digital broadcasting.
Alhaji Salihi Barau, the state’s Commissioner of Religious Affairs, who is also overseeing the Ministry of Information, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Tuesday that government was committed to ensuring that Bauchi State Television (BATV) met the digitization deadline of 2015.
“The committee was also mandated to set up sub-committees on enlightenment campaign, to sensitize the general public towards ensuring that the process moves without a hitch.
“We are equally receiving submissions from various stakeholders and mapping out strategies for a smooth take off, “he said.
The commissioner added that the station’s transformers had been updated and state-of-the-art facilities already on ground for smooth migration. [eap_ad_2] He further said that the station’s General Manager and some of his staff would attend a workshop in Italy, preparatory to the digitization process, adding that some studio managers had already been trained.
He also said that that series of in-house training of the staff, were organized to ensure that the project commenced without any hitch.
“What we need now is to upgrade our equipment and also update our studio for content provision because content is key in the broadcasting industry and it is only digitization that will ensure quality content provision, “Barau said.
NAN reports that the world broadcasting system has been changing from the analogue to digital system of broadcasting, which started in the United Kingdom in 2011.
The Nigeria Government had set Jan 1, 2015 as deadline for digitization of the country’s broadcast industry, to join the rest of the world in migrating from analogue to digital mode of broadcasting.
After the deadline, analogue television receivers will no longer receive signals as the broadcasting stations would be transmitting via digital interface.. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]