BY ESE DIBEBI
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has apologised to Nigerians for not carrying out the planned switchover from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) on the June 17 international deadline.
In an official statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Awwalu Salihu, NBC has promised to conclude the final stages of the switchover within 18 months once the needed funds become available.
“The journey would have been completed if funding had been available. It is important, however to state that the journey toward Digital Terrestrial Television has already started. At the moment, Nigeria has reached about 20 per cent penetration of the 26 million TV Households (TVHH) in the country. It is noteworthy that the main penalty that Nigeria will face consequently is that analogue signals will receive no protection in the event of interference from digital signals from our neighbours. We have also completed the frequency re-planning, successfully done the coordination with our neighbours and have selected a second signal distributor,” part of the statement reads.
Although, there is no sanction or punishment for countries that do not make the deadline; with this failure, Nigeria has abrogated its right to international broadcasting protection and would be obligated to resolve any interference occurring from its analogue broadcasting to neighbouring countries that have implemented the transition.