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PayTV operators to end carriage of free terrestrial TV channels soon—NBC

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The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, has disclosed that the days of Pay TV operators carrying free terrestrial TV channels are getting numbered.
Addressing the media in his office recently in Abuja, he revealed that “As soon as we conclude the Analogue Switch off, we will direct that PAY TV operators desist from further carriage of free terrestrial TV channels. They would become available only on our Free TV proposition”
Recall that all the Pay TV operators including MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv and others are carrying some free terrestrial TV channels at the moment.
Continuing on latest developmental feats by the NBC on the nation’s journey to Digital Switch Over (DSO), Kawu said “On the Digital Switchover project, I will like to inform that there positive developments”.
“The Federal Government, and President Muhammadu Buhari, remains fully committed to the success of the project. We are working to conclude the installation of facilities for Gombe; while the stakeholders are determined to move into the biggest media markets of Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt in the new future.
“That is part of an elaborate nation-wide roll out plan, along with a definitive timeline for the switch off of Analogue transmission in Jos, Abuja, Ilorin, Kaduna, Enugu and Osogbo. The new timetable will be released once it has been approved by the Board of the Commission,” NBC boss averred.

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