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Norway Emerges First to Turn off Analogue FM Radio in Digital Move

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Norway yesterday began turning off analogue FM radio, making it the first country in the world to fully transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB), broadcasting officials said.

At 11.11 am (1011 GMT), the analogue FM broadcasting system in the northern county of Nordland was shut down, as public broadcaster NRK and other commercial broadcasters switched over to the DAB standard.

“It was a historic moment,” NRK broadcasting Chief Thor Gjermnund Eriksen said, noting that Norway was the first country in the world to make such a transition on a nationwide basis.

The move will ultimately see both state and commercial broadcasters leave FM radio for DAB, which is said to be more robust and use less power to operate, while offering more channels and better audio quality than Norway’s ageing FM broadcast equipment.

Norway’s topography with many small communities spread across mountains and valleys, difficult to reach with FM radio, has also been cited for the switch.

Eriksen observed that “for the first time everyone in Norway will have an equal offering from NRK,” regardless if they live in the capital Oslo or the municipality of Rost that is part of the Lofoten archipelago off northern Norway.

Parliament approved the transition in 2011, and the government said the transition was to be completed by December 13 in the country of about 4.2 million.

Listeners will need a DAB radio set, smartphone or computer to listen to DAB broadcasts, and many motorists will need to convert their car radios.

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Kwesé TV Adds Hip TV to its Channel Line-Up

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Kwesé TV has added Hip TV, an urbane contemporary music and lifestyle channel for a youthful audience, to its channel line-up.

 

Available on channel 610, the channel is known and respected for entertainment news, incisive and exclusive interviews, and red carpet moments amongst others.

 

Hip TV further strengthens Kwesé TV’s music genre, joining an already impressive line-up including; REVOLT TV a music channel from Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, which is available outside of the US for the first time only on Kwesé TV, BOX Television, Trace Africa, Trace Gospel and Trace Mziki.

 

“Kwesé TV is afrocentric and youthful so we are happy to have Hip TV, a home-grown channel for a youthful audience on our platform”, said Elizabeth Amkpa, general manager, Kwese TV Nigeria.

 

She added that Kwesé has a strong and varied music line-up so “whether you are in the mood for the distinctly Naija beat, Hip Hop, R & B or gospel from around the world, you will find them all on Kwesé TV.”

 

The channel extends Kwesé TV’s offering which already has over 70 channels including sports, movies, current affairs, news, kids programming and so much more.

 

 

 

 

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Obaseki Hails TV Inventors, Counts Impact @ World Television

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has commended the inventors of television, who rose to the occasion when industrial revolution displaced traditional means of communication in Europe and America in the 1920s, to attend to the communication need of the time.

Obaseki said this in commemoration of the United Nations World Television Day, marked on November 21, yearly.

“Television has impacted positively on humanity with its power to educate, entertain and inform a mass of people simultaneously. The device has been very effective in mobilising and sensitising the populace about government policies and programmes,” he said.

He added that “beyond the traditional function of television, the device has continued to serve as a veritable tool for educating millions of Nigerians, a trendsetter, an electronic baby-minder and a means for transmitting societal values and re-orientating people.”

The governor assured that his administration’s resolve to reposition the state-owned Edo Broadcasting Service television, was in recognition of the power of the device in governance through the dissemination of educative and enlightening programmes.

“EBS will be repositioned to join the elite league of media stations to compete keenly with the big names in the industry in the areas of standards, personnel, equipment, content and in revenue generation,” he said.

Obaseki said with the new world socio-economic order that has influenced the settlement pattern of people, it would have been impossible for a town crier to move from Benin to Auchi and deliver a message to people at the same time.

Television, he maintained, does this with ease and even gives feedback, allows phone-in segment for public participation in a programme, which ultimately raises the quality of the conversation.

In December 1996, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held.

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Nollywood Stars Join Glo-sponsored Professor Johnbull

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Season 5 of Glo-sponsored TV Drama Series, Professor Johnbull, kicks off on Tuesday with another interesting episode on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30 p.m. with two Nollywood stars, Osita Iheme, a.k.a. Pawpaw, and Angela Okorie joining the cast of the comedy as household members of Professor Johnbull acted by Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK).

The duo of Iheme and Okorie who are introduced to the household of Professor Johnbull in the new episode entitled Running to the City will replace Churchill (Jnr. Pope Odonwodo) who is currently furthering his education in America and Caroline (Mercy Johnson-Okojie), Professor’s former house maid  who has also  travelled to attend to some family issues.

The challenge of mentoring the two new rusty members of the family, Nje (Angela Okorie), a village Cameroonian girl, who grew up in the professor’s country home, and Jeroboam, a.k.a Boam (Osita Iheme), who is reputed to have tended the scholar’s father’s herd back in the village therefore falls on Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye), Professor’s daughter, who had just returned from a successful medical treatment abroad.

A very interesting episode, Running to the City also reveals how Professor Johnbull’s intervention many years ago saved Nje (Angela Okorie) when she was put in the family way in the village and was treated as a pariah.

In addition, it also shows the accommodating nature of Professor Johnbull’s entire household as the duo of Nje and Jeroboam are not only welcomed warmly but are quickly integrated into the family. The Professor who calls them “my people” also goes further by rebuffing attempt by the gateman, Abadnego (Martins Nebo), to prevent Nje and Jeroboam from having access to him.

Viewers are in for a laughter-filled evening on Tuesday as one of the regulars of the social satire, restauranteur, Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso), makes a 360-degree turn while professing love to Nje on the ground of complexion compatibility much to the consternation of his arch rival, Mai Doya (Funky Mallam),who instantly reminds him of his love for Caro, the Professor’s former house maid.

A repeat broadcast of Running to the City comes up on the same channels at 8.30.p.m. on Friday.

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