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Digital migration to create 2,500 jobs

KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT says phases two and three of the digital migration will create over 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.
And Government says once the country is fully digitalised, all local television stations will be accessed countrywide and promotion of locally produced material will be given priority.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services director of planning Beaton Kaluba said this when media heads toured Top Star Communications Company Limited, which is helping Government to achieve the television digitalisation goal.
“A total of 508 direct jobs and 2,000 indirect jobs will be created in phases two and three of the digital migration. Employment will be created for dealers and agents as well as various other jobs at the customer centres,” he said.
Mr Kaluba said phases two and three of the digital migration are on course.
“Phases two and three involve transformation of production sites at ZNBC and ZANIS and the construction of six provincial broadcasting stations,” he said.
He said Government would supply 2,250,000 decoders in phases two and three of the digital migration process.
And Top Star chief executive officer Bob Fu said the company’s focus is to ensure Zambia progresses to the next level in digital television broadcasting.

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