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Digital Migration discussion is timely- Hattie Hunder

By Jos Garneo Cephas
Deputy Director-General of LBS, Mrs. Hattie Wureh Hunder
Deputy Director-General of LBS, Mrs. Hattie Wureh Hunder

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The management of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) says government’s discussion of the digital migration and efforts at meeting the June 2015 Global Deadline is timely.

Not trying to meet the global June 2015 deadline for digital migration, according to Liberia’s State Broadcaster (LBS), could hamper adversely Liberia’s Telecommunications Systems, including the broadcast industry.

“If we wait without doing nothing to regularize and make adjustments in time, the present analogue telecommunication and broadcasting platforms could be rendered obsolete and run the risk of been irreparable when damaged”, Deputy LBS Director General for Administration said.

Mrs. Hattie Wureh-Hunder made the comments on behalf of the LBS management at the commemoration of Telecommunications and ICT Day, on Friday, 7th December 2012 in Monrovia.

“The state broadcaster LBS is no exception. We too risk shutting down if we did nothing”.

“It is incumbent upon us as the national broadcaster to lead the country’s broadcast industry in this very important technical effort and provide the platform for local media outlets to discuss digital migration and how to remain operational, thereby ensuring the free flow of communication to the Liberian people”.

This is a charge we have to keep”, the LBS Acting Director General said.

The ICT Day was celebrated under the theme: “Migration to Digital terrestrial Television Broadcasting: Challengers and Prospects”.

The Acting LBS Boss spoke of early first steps by the Management to meet the June 2015 Global Deadline as a National Broadcaster.

“LBS has begun taking steps since 2010, meeting with the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB), and also engaging its Chinese counterparts for training opportunities for senior technicians and members of senior staff to visit China aimed at preparing us ahead”.

The management of LBS therefore, commended the Chinese government for the technical training and capacity building provided in readiness for the Digital migration process.

Mrs. Hunder then congratulated the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications for the establishment of a ‘Task Team’ to design the roadmap for this herculean venture.

The LBS Deputy Director-General for Technical Services Hon. Tepenty Young is designated to serve as a member on the Ministry’s Road Map Task Team.


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