The federal government over the weekend launched the pilot scheme of switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting in Jos, Plateau State.
The ceremony took place at the State Government House, with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed leading the digital team to kick start the pilot phase.
Following a nationwide digitisation process in Nigeria, the new initiative is aimed at enabling viewers enjoy up to 15 free- to- air channels as against the four presently enjoyed in Jos which when fully switched on, Nigeria will have the largest digital viewing of 30million.
The scheme will also see about 200,000 television households in Jos receiving free Set-Top Boxes (STBs) for the Digital Switch Over (DSO).
On the benefits of the switch-over, Mohammed said: “This is a monumental event, which is revolutionising the broadcast industry in the country as this event offer Nigerian viewer high quality sound and high resolution pictures.
“The federal government is already using it to create jobs for Nigerian youths because we have instructed the manufacturers of the set boxes to produce it locally in Nigeria here.” which when fully switched on, Mohammed said the country will have the largest digital viewing of 30 million.
In addition the minister said the train will next move to Abuja and then Lagos for the roll out.
The people of Jos will now enjoy a host of free-to-air channels, which include: NTA, Silverbird, Channels, TVC, PRT, Galaxy, CBBC, KENNIS MUSIC, AFRICA MOVIE NET, GOTEL, NTA SPORT, NTA NEWS, NTA JOS, LIBERTY TV, ONE MUSIC and AIT.