Private TV stations reject Malupenga’s latest attempt to manipulate digital migration

Private TV stations reject Malupenga’s latest attempt to manipulate digital migration

Digital Migration 1 Digital Migration 2A Consortium of Television Station owners in Zambia have rejected Amos Maluoenga’s latest attempt to manipulate the digital migration programme.

Digital migration is simply about replacing the old technology/transmitters (analogue) with the latest technology (digital transmitters ) used by TV stations.

But there is a lot of money involved as it entails replacing almost all the transmitters and certain equipment currently used in Zambia.

Malupenga and his PF regime have come up with a policy document which makes ZNBC or another company of government’s choice the sole content carrier and supplier of the last resort.

But the private TV station owners have rejected this attempt saying the policy is not inclusive and is inconsistent with the guidelines and requirement of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The digital migration in Zambia has been characterised by corrupt tendencies by ministry officials.

Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga  has allowed himself to be sponsored  by Chinese companies bidding to get the contract to undertake the project.

He has been to Namibia, China etc with his first class air tickets and five star hotels bills paid-for by one Chinese firm which is going to get the contract.

By  June 2015 all counties in the world must switch to digital TV as obsolete analogue TV will no longer be protected.

Other countries in the region have successfully switched to Digital but in Zambia, politicians are still trying to see how they can benefit.

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