FG Plans 100% Digital TV Penetration by 2016

The Federal Government says it will ensure strict adherence to the plans for 100 per cent digital television penetration by 2016.

President Mohammedu Buhari said this at the 35th Anniversary of the Silverbird Group in Lagos on Sunday.

According to him, Nigeria will be the biggest nation in Africa with digital stations in 2020.

Buhari, represented by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the present administration was committed to building a vibrant media industry.

He added that his administration would use digital switch to diversify the provision of channels and local content for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“Sub-Sahara Africa will have 46.46 million primary digital television homes by 2020.

“With adherence to 100 per cent digital broadcast by 2016, Nigeria will be the largest nation in Africa with digital station in 2020 with an estimation of 9.7million,” he said.

Ben Murray-Bruce, Silverbird Group’s President, expressed satisfaction with what the industry has grown to be and gave kudos to all the major players that had contributed to the growth of the sector these past years.

“I also want to thank Mr President for granting us the privilege to have him with us, and those that have been major players in the entertainment industry,” Murray-Bruce, who is also a serving senator, said.