Have you ever paused for a while and imagined what social life would look like, especially in rural
The above scenario will not only constitute social inconvenience, but the large population of the poor citizens making up almost 90 per cent of the total estimate of our national population would have been denied their only viable avenue of socialisation and media convivialism.
Besides, the blackout of programming contents and general transmissions through the television sets will cut off significant percentage of the nation's populace, thereby denying them their inalienable fundamental constitutional rights to political participation; freedom of expression and other basic freedoms, through which effective social cum media communications are enhanced.
In the event also that this total black-out of transmission of programmes via television sets owned by mostly poor citizens occur, then the political objectives enshrined in section 15(1) (2) of the constitution of the
Specifically, section 15(1) and (2) of the Nigerian constitution provides thus: "The motto of the
The above graphically represents the scenario that may play itself out by next year June if
My allusion to the denial of these basic constitutional rights, specifically of poor Nigerians, find basis in the fact that, out of the estimated 10million television sets in use across Nigerian households, over 80 per cent do not currently enjoy the satellite services that meet the standard digitisation of television transmission. Only multi-choice and NTA-Star Times have the capacity or licence to deliver these services to only those few clients with the exorbitant fees.
Now to the important question of what we mean by digitisation. Innocent Pascal Ihechu and Uwaoma Uche of the
In a brilliant academic publication titled; "The challenges of digitisation of broadcasting in
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