Kasolo Declares digital migration on course

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Kasolo Declares digital migration on course


Mansa, December 16, ZANIS —————– The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services has declared that the digital migration programme is on schedule.


Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Chanda Kasolo said this during a sensitization meeting for key stakeholders on digital migration in Mansa.


Mr. Kasolo said there was a lot of myth about digital migration hence the need for intensified sensitization across the country.


He said his ministry was committed to the migration schedule despite several setbacks so that Zambia could be on the same footing with the rest of the world by June 17, 2015.


He said despite excuses from key players in the implementation of the migration project, he was resolved to do whatever it will take to meet the deadline.


Mr Kasolo said more sensitisation would enable people understand that it was vital to embrace a more robust modernized television technology which gives them control in what they watch.


He said the worldwide web was open to abuse but the digital television gives power to parents to control what their children watch.


He added that the digital television will also allow access to tourists coming to Zambia to access programmes of their choice from their countries of origin.


He further called for training and research skills for journalists in the media sector so that their news stories could be unique and more valuable as opposed to biased and one sided reporting.


And speaking earlier, Luapula Province Acting Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba said she was happy that the team of officers from the ministry had come to sensitize officers in the province on the digital migration national programme.


Ms. Nsamba said in the past people in the region were just reading messages in newspapers and watching on the television screen about the project.


She added that the process of migration from analogue to digital offered numerous advantages in spectrum efficiency, higher video and audio quality.