NIGERIA CELEBRATES WORLD TELEVISION DAY 2015
- November 20, 2015
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November 21 was designated by the United Nations as World Television Day in 1996 through declaration number 51/205, in recognition of the great power and impact that television has on society.
The National Broadcasting Commission joins Nigerians and the rest of the global community to celebrate World Television Day in appreciation of the way television influences our thoughts and guides our actions as citizens and as leaders.
Television as a democratising medium provides authoritative access to wide shades of opinion and views bringing leadership and followership in a continuous dialogue on how to improve society.
The Commission salutes the dogged and tenacious efforts of the family of television practitioners, those that are seen and those behind the scenes who, altogether educate, inspire and animate society. We also urge television broadcasters, indeed all broadcasters to recognise the power of the medium and to use it responsibly for public good.
As we celebrate World Television Day, the major task before the broadcast sector is the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting. The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to reassure the public that we are on course on the new target date of June 20, 2017 for the transition, with all the accruing benefits that come with it.
Already, the pilot switch off in Jos is scheduled and will be completed before the end of the year. The FreeView set-top-boxes that will mediate the digital signals with people’s analogue television sets have been tested and are being deployed for distribution. With the switchover, the number of channels to be available to the people on the terrestrial platform will increase from 4 to 16 in the first instance.
The Digital ecosystem holds great promise for Nigeria in creating new jobs, boosting advertising revenue, immensely contributing to speedy growth of the nation’s economy and providing a whole new television experience for Nigeria
The Commission, therefore, appeals for cooperation from all players in the industry so that together we can deliver for the nation a television sector that will be the envy of other nations.
Director, Public Affairs