Nigerian Television Authority to split in two ahead of digital TV
Rebecca Hawkes
| 27 May 2014
The Government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) is to be split into two independent entities in the build up to digital terrestrial television migration, Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced.

NBC director general Emeka Mba says plans for the NTA to establish a new transmission company should be completed in June 2014. It will be licensed by the commission and be based on a public private partnership.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has set June 2015 as the date for global digital migration.

"Heavens will not fall if Nigeria fails to meet the June 2015 deadline, but there are grave consequences for the country," Mba is quoted as saying in the New Telegraph. If the ITU deadline was missed, signal interference from other countries using DTT systems could be a problem, and Nigeria would fail to be competitive in the global digital arena, he warned.

A pilot scheme for the new digital transmission company will be run in Jos, Plateau state, and Mba has urged stakeholders to support the new initiative.

Nineteen companies have already submitted Expression of Interest (EoI) forms, while nine have prequalified, according to HumanIPO