Digital broadcast migration in West Africa: Ghana Research Report

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By Internet Research, Ghana (APC and Balancing Act)
, January 2011

Ghana’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting is to comply with the GE-06 Agreement to meet the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This migration is the largest initiative to impact the Ghana TV broadcasting since the conversion from black and white to color TV in the 1980’s. But the migration will not just be something that affects broadcasters: it will be a major undertaking for TV viewers in Ghana. In spite of the magnitude of this forthcoming migration, it has yet to be widely announced to the general public. Public awareness campaigns were planned to start from September 2010 and run to December 2014 but these are not yet visible.

However, there have been a number of activities related to the initiative. As part of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s (GBC) 75th anniversary celebration, there was a panel discussion by experts in the field which was open to the general public (see flyer in annex 1). In June, 2010 a dedicated National Digital Broadcasting Migration Technical Committee (NDBMTC) was founded for this purpose.

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