Digital migration to create jobs

From NANCY MWAPE in Livingstone
GOVERNMENT plans to spend US$9 million in the first phase of the digital terrestrial television, which will help to create jobs and ensure greater citizen participation.
Addressing stakeholders in Livingstone yesterday, Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Poniso Njeulu said the ministry has signed the contract to undertake the first phase of the project.
“With the approved policy on digital migration and signing of the contract, Government through the Ministry will scale up public sensitisation,” he said.
Mr Njeulu said it is the obligation of Government and all stakeholders to explain the process of the migration so that citizens are aware of what is going on not only in Zambia but globally.
He said the International Telecommunications Union has set June 17, 2015 as the deadline for countries to switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting.
He said migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting is inevitable as it has numerous advantages, citing increased access to information, greater citizen participation and increased job opportunities.
“In line with June 2015 migration deadline, Cabinet in March this year approved the policy on digital migration, which was launched in May and it sets guidelines of migrating Zambia’s broadcasting sector from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting,” he said.

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