National Media Commission holds forum on digital migration

General News of Saturday, 8 July 2017



NMC DigitalMartine Conde (left), Chair, High Authority of Communication, Guinea with Ursula Owusu

A two-day national forum on the digital migration process has been held in Accra.

The forum was organised by the National Media Commission (NMC), with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), to start a national discourse on key issues that need to be addressed as the country moves towards the digital platform.

It was attended by representatives from governmental agencies, civil society organisations (CSOs) and experts from other parts of Africa.

The forum served as an opportunity for key stakeholders to explore regulatory mechanisms and technical issues that ought to be addressed to enhance the road map for the smooth take-off of the migration process.

The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, delivering the keynote address at the forum, said Ghana could not meet the September 21, 2017 deadline set for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.

The Chairman of the NMC, Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, observed that given the rapid changes in technology, it was important for all stakeholders in the communications sector to collaborate to ensure that innovative mechanisms were put in place for effective digital migration.

For his part, an international expert on media technology and policy from South Africa, Mr Michael Dearham, urged the government to consult other international bodies to beef up its regulatory framework on digital migration.

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