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StarTimes Holds 8th African digital TV Development Seminar in Beijing

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(L-R) Director General, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Alhaji Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, President, StarTimes Group, Mr. Pang XinXing and Director General, Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Ishaq Moddibo Kawu at the 8th African Digital TV Development Seminar in Beijing on Thursday.

The annual African Digital TV Development Seminar, a strategic think-tank for stakeholders in the African broadcasting industry organized by StarTimes Group has held the 8th edition in Beijing.

 

Commencing on June 28, the 8th edition of the Seminar recorded a landmark in attendance with over 400 delegates, dignitaries, heads of broadcasting corporations and guests from 48 African and Asian countries, with a focus on reviewing trends, developments and cooperation towards digitalizing broadcasting in Africa, as well as OTT industry which is upgrading African television landscape.

 

 

Mr. Pang Xinxing, President of StarTimes Group, while declaring the seminar open, emphasized on this new stage of development for China-Africa radio and television cooperation:

 

 

 

“In order to adapt to the requirements of media development under the Internet environment, StarTimes developed a content distribution platform based on its own network and content resources and strong R&D capacities.

 

 

 

“We are very pleased to be at the forefront of helping Africa gradually make a transition to a modern and intelligent society.”

 

 

 

Mr. Guo Weimin, Deputy Director, State Council Information Office of China, On his path, told participants that China continues to foster the growth of the media in Africa as part of the development strategies for Africa in the overall China-Africa Cooperation.

 

 

 

He noted that this year is very important for the relations between China and Africa, with a lot of high-level exchanges happening, adding that the China-Africa relationship has now entered an all-time high as a result of promising progress in partnerships.

 

 

 

Also commenting, the Minister of Communication and Media of the Democratic Republic of Congo Lambert Mende Omalanga hailed StarTimes for the level of progress achieved so far in actualizing digital broadcasting in Africa, noting that the pace of progress should be increased by governments in Africa, to enable the total digitalization of broadcasting in Africa within the shortest possible time.

 

 

The First African Digital TV Development Seminar was hosted by StarTimes in 2011.

 

 

 

Since then, the seminar has been a much-discussed phenomenon in Africa’s television industry and an important platform for delegates from various countries to share their experiences and suggestions on the promotion of digital migration in Africa, thus making StarTimes a thought leader in digital broadcasting in Africa.

 

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CRD Revokes Licences of 30 Courier Operators

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The Courier Regulatory Department of the Nigerian Postal Service has revoked licences of 30 courier companies in the country.

Dr. Ishaya Diwa, General Manager, CRD, made the disclosure at a media briefing in Lagos yesterday.

Diwa said that the licences of the companies were revoked because the operators were not complying with the rules and regulations governing courier services.

“For the past two years, the CRD of NIPOST has consistently been trying to sanitise the courier industry with its continuous events, such as clamping down on companies.

“We need our courier operators in the country to work with the best standards, as courier business is a worldwide business and any form of infringement will tell bad for the country.

“This revocation is also a means of making the environment conducive and worthwhile for operators to thrive,’’ he said.

He said that the revoked courier operators were spread across the country, but the majority of them were in Lagos.

Diwa said that the criteria for revoking the licences were based on lack of renewal of licence upward to three years and activities done not in tandem with rules and regulations of NIPOST.

He cautioned the public to be aware of the revoked operators and desist from working with them.

Diwa said that revoking an operator’s licence was not a death sentence, noting that if an operator changed the mode of operations, it would have to meet certain criteria, pay the backlog of the penalty; before it would be restored to service.

Diwa said that the biggest challenge facing the CRD was that the smaller operators did not have fixed addresses where they could be seen physically.

He said that economic hardship were not good reasons for the operators to be cutting corners.

“The department has always been relaxed in enforcing rules, but, unfortunately, Nigerians like to take advantage of things with impunity.

“It is good to have a small and neat courier business in the country than having the proliferation of services.

“Presently, we have 108 courier companies that are healthy and financially stable, unlike when they were 300.

“The operators’ renewal fees in the country is about the cheapest in the world at N350,000 per annum. It is just that our people like cutting corners and that is not good for business,’’ Diwa said.

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Nigerian Study Wins WhatsApp Misinformation Award Grant

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WhatsApp has announced the recipients of its $1 million research grants to academics from around the world for the purpose of studying misinformation and its impact on society. Fake news, calls for violence, election-related propaganda and other topics come under the different proposals for which the grants were given.

The goal of the research award is to facilitate high quality, external research on a wide range of topics by academics and experts who are in the countries where WhatsApp is frequently used and where there is limited research on the topic.

Tagged ‘WhatsApp Misinformation and Social Science Research Awards’, approximately 600 proposals were submitted and reviewed with the awardees representing the highest quality projects across several relevant research areas.  WhatsApp awarded 20 grants up to $50,000 each to researchers in several countries including Nigeria, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

Among the winning projects is the research topic; ‘The use and abuse of WhatsApp in an African election: Nigeria 2019’, an international collaboration put together by Jonathan Fisher (University of Birmingham), Idayat Hassan (Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja), Jamie Hitchen (AREA Consulting) as well as Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham).

The study employs multi-method social science research instruments including in-country interviews, focus groups and surveys to explore how WhatsApp is used by political candidates, and their campaigns and supporters to tailor messages to key audiences during elections.

The research will focus on two gubernatorial elections in the upcoming 2019 Nigerian polls – those of Kano (northern Nigeria) and Oyo (southern Nigeria).

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FIIRO Seeks for More Government Support on Infrastructure Upgrade, Cutting Edge Research

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Mrs Gloria Elemo, Director-General, Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), on Monday called for more support from the Federal Government to remodel, re-equip and re-tool its laboratories and workshops.

 

Elemo revealed that due to the age of the institute, most of its infrastructure had become obsolete and needs upgrading with state-of-the-art equipment.

 

She said this would enable the institute undertake cutting edge research and evolve the appropriate technology to make Nigerian youths and the economy more competitive globally.

 

“I want to commend the Federal Government, they have been very supportive. However, the institute still needs more funds for more inventions for the betterment of the institute and Nigerian youths.

 

“Science and Technology does not come cheap at all, a lot of funding is needed to create the best of technologies and also to come up with meaningful researches.

 

“Having enough fund will also enable the Institute to do more in terms of job creation for Nigerian youths,” said Elemo.

 

The FIIRO boss said the country could only survive through industrialisation, adding that investing in it would be beneficial and provide rapid results for economic growth.

 

Elemo said more support from the government would go a long way in making the plans of the institute for the development of youths and the country at large possible.

 

The FIIRO boss disclosed that, in order to rightly position the youth to contribute to the economy, the institute was collaborating with Lashone Links Communications Limited on an Industrial Reality Television show, targeted at the youth.

 

“The reality show is targeted at youths because they are the main drivers of the economy and the future of the country.

 

“The availability of more funds will help us replicate programmes like this from time to time for the benefit of Nigerian youths.

 

“We are also out to show that industrialization is not only the biggest employer of labour, but also results in huge economic prosperity,” Elemo said.

 

 

 

 

 

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