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Pinnacle Communications seals radio, TV digitization deal with TASG

Ahead of meeting conditions for Digital Switch Over (DSO), the Taraba State Government (TASG) has sealed N2.2 billion contract with Pinnacle Communications Nigeria Limited.

The new deal will work towards the digitisation of the state owned Radio Station, Taraba State Broadcasting Service (TSBS).

Digitisation is the current trend in broadcasting, globally, and involves a process of storing images in a form suitable for transmission and computer processing or other devices like digital camera.

Inking the contract on behalf of the State Government, the Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Mr. Anthony Danburam, said the contract was in fulfillment of the governor’s campaign promises to beat the 2017 dateline for the full digitalisation of all broadcast media organisations in the country.

He explained that the digitisation contract included the supply and installation of complete state of the art digital radio studio and transmission equipment for the TSBS AM/FM stations in Jalingo.

Also included in the deal is the frequency modulated (FM) feeder stations.

Danburam said “Pinnacle Communications would supply and install 50 kilowatts and 10 kilowatts AM and FM digital transmission studios, digital Outside Broadcast Vans, and 10 kilowatts digital transmitter/studios each for Bali, Sardauna and Wukari booster stations.”

The Commissioner applauded Pinnacle Communications, one of the licensed signal carriers under the DSO, for carrying out an excellent job on the state television, which he said can now be accessed from all parts of the world.

No fewer than 50 staff of the broadcasting services according to him, would be trained, who would in turn train over 100 others for optimal utilisation of the digital equipment.

Business Hilights recalls that the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had estimated that with digitisation, the TV industry in Nigeria will be able to raise over $1 billion in one year, while also increasing the number of the current 450 TV stations in Nigeria.