Ghana would not switch off from analogue television in September 2017, as promised, but in 2018 instead. The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who announced this at a two-day National Forum on Content and Digital Migration in Accra, said the government is planning to get a consultant to review the entire process before the process begins in 2018.
She said every technology had a 5 year expiration and since in Ghana it was developed in 2011, it is imperative to review in its totality to ensure that the country has the highest platform to guide its content. She also urged stakeholders to re-examine the policy again to ensure that it was fit before the country made the switch.
The National Forum organised by the National Media Commission (NMC) with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for stakeholders to discuss the digital migration content and regulatory policy. Also on the topics to discuss is how the process affects content production, distribution and regulatory framework.
Ghana missed the initial June 2015 deadline and now the September 2017 one is postponed as well. The government, according to the Minister is to establish a DDT company, which would have all the media companies on the board to facilitate the process. She also talked about a comprehensive awareness creation drive on the migration process to prepare the public. The set-top-boxes will be subsidised and under the migration policy, all broadcasters were expected to allocate 70 percent of their prime time to local content.