Nigerian broadcasting network split to achieve digital switchover

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced plans to split the government-owned broadcasting firm, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), into two independent parts in line with the directive of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to achieving digital migration.

The Director General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Emeka Mba, said that the NTA is planning to set up a new transmission company, which will run on public private partnership (PPP) basis, and will be licenced by the NBC.

The process is expected to be completed in June 2014, followed by a pilot scheme in Jos, Plateau state. Nineteen companies have already submitted the Expression of Interest (EoI) forms, while nine have been pre-qualified, out of which only one will emerge as signal distributor.