Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Nigeria: Nasarawa Invests N2.1 Billion On Digitalisation of State Media

Digital broadcasting was greatly boosted by the invention of computers, and with the development of the integrated circuit in the 1960s and the microprocessor in the 1970s, digital broadcasting seemed to have taken a footing in the global village that is broadcasting.

But today, broadcasters are switching to digital broadcasting, mostly because of the lack of frequency space.
In Nigeria, pragmatic steps in this direction were taken in 1987 when former president Ibrahim Babangida's administration directed all television and radio stations across the country to go digital. This was in compliance with international protocols in broadcasting which unfortunately failed to receive proper attention back then.

To avert the impending closure of the state's television station, Nasarawa State's Governor Umar Al-Makura took a bold step towards repositioning the state's media outfit.

To enable them to meet the challenges of modern broadcasting, the state's government awarded a contract worth N2.1 billion for the digitalisation and upgrading of facilities at the state-owned media outfit, Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS) located in the state's capital Lafia, and its booster station in Keffi.

The contract was awarded to Pinnacle Communications Nigeria Limited, a representative of American firm Harris Communications. The government's decision is aimed at meeting the National Broadcasting Commission's (NBC) standards.

It is also in compliance with NBC's directive to all radio stations in Nigeria to phase out analogue transmission and go digital, in compliance with the International Broadcasting Commission standard.

(Source : Leadership, Abuja via allAfrica.com)

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