FG Launches Digital Switchover in Kaduna


John Shiklam in Kaduna

The northern city of Kaduna is to start enjoying digital television programmes tomorrow.

Chief Engineer of Pinnacle Communications, the distribution company for the digital switch over, Charles Cooper, said signals from 24 television stations would be received free of charged.

Conducting journalists round the facilities, Cooper said the equipment for the switch over were state of the art technologies.

He also said the challenges of poor reception of television signals in the southern part of Kaduna state would be addressed.

Minister of Information, Alhaji Layi Mohammed is expected to commission the facility tomorrow.
Pinnacle is the first licensed signal distribution in the country to commence digital transmission in line with the federal government directives.

Cooper said the major focus will be Kaduna metropolis, adding that the entire state would be covered as time goes on.
“We have started discussing with NTA kaduna and other local stations in the state have indicated their interest to partner with us,” he said.

He said further that in no distant time, the company would add international channels like the Cable news Network (CNN), Al Jazeera, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) etc.

“As from Friday we will begin transmission with our new state of the art digital station. We thank the federal government for believing in us,” he said.

Cooper said unlike the analogue system which is outdated, the digital system is easy to operate and less expensive.
He promised that prospective viewers will see clear visual and good sound when transmission commences.