ICYMI: John Momoh Wants FG To Review Digital Switchover Process

The Chairman of and Chief Executive Officer of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, has warned that if the Federal Government does not review the digital switchover process, the deadline for the switchover will not be met.

ICYMI: John Momoh Wants FG To Review Digital Switchover Process

Mr Momoh said this on Friday in Lagos at the maiden edition of the MTN F.I.R.E Series where he was the inaugural keynote speaker.

It is the first of such gathering organised by MTN for its staff members with the focus on improving its expertise.

In his motivational speech which was centred on development as a wakeup call, Mr Momoh highlighted the strides made by Channels Television and called on participants to help move the country to the next phase.

He said, “We are the first television station to integrate Twitter into our broadcast workflow. We are the first Nigerian station to be recognised as the convergence leader in news media by the West African Know-How Intelligence Unit and we are the first African media organisation to be honoured by YouTube as the Best Broadcaster in sub-Saharan Africa.

“What do we do now? Wouldn’t it be nice for us to strive to change this country as we contribute our quota to our organisations to all see how we can help our country to grow, to move to the next phase?

“The Channels story is but one voice; here though a powerful voice. Let’s pump up the volume; that is very important. Nigeria needs leaders like you. You should endeavour to act as an inspiration to society. You can do it. If we can do it in Channels, individually, you can do it.”

His address elicited questions with some on the act activation of the digitisation process.

As the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, he had a response, which included the need to re-calibrate the process.

Mr Momoh said, “First of all, the whole structures that have been put in place are wrong. You want somebody to invest in a playout facility, to set up a platform which will be the signal distributor, and then you put two structures in between him and the consumers.

“It’s more like saying, ‘MTN, come, we will give you a license to operate the telephony and mobile licenses, but I am going to put two companies between MTN and the consumer to collect all the money. It’s not going to work and we won’t meet any deadline. If the government does not go back to re-calibrate and re-orientate, then we will continue to go round in circles.”


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