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IBA Holds Digital Migration Stakeholders Meeting

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) organised a stakeholders meeting on digital migration with the emphasis on digital television migration.

The purpose of the digital migration stakeholders meeting was to update the stakeholders on the regulations and licencing framework under the digital television platform, as well as to share updates on the progress as we approach the June 2015 deadline.

In her welcoming remarks, IBA Director General Ms. Josephine Mapoma said the IBA valued its engagement with various stakeholders hence the need to have the meeting in order to share the developments that have taken place.

IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma giving Opening Remarks during the Stakeholders Meeting on Digital Migration

  • May, 13 2015
  • Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka

‘’We need to be proactive in recognising our responsibilities as well as implications of digital migration and the changes ahead’’ Ms. Mapoma said.

Speaking when he officially opened the stakeholders meeting, IBA Board Chairperson Brigadier General Justin Mutale (RTD) informed the meeting that the IBA had done a lot of benchmarking to come up with the new regulations to govern television broadcasting in the digital era.

Brigadier General Mutale (RTD) said that two statutory instruments (SI’s) on content regulation and digital television broadcasting had been developed.

He called on all television stations to increase their local content in order to meet the 35% local content threshold and reminded them to be ethical in their work and conduct themselves in a professional manner and follow the programming standards that are provided for in the IBA act.

‘’As you may know by now, digital migration will allow for efficient utilisation of frequency spectrum, improved picture and sound quality and an immense opportunity for Zambians to produce programs in order to meet the required threshold of 35% local content.’’ Brigadier General Mutale said.

At the same stakeholders meeting, there was an assurance that there would be no television blackout out as a result of digital migration and that customers need only have one set top box to be able to catch all television channels.

The United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set 17th June, 2015, as the deadline for countries worldwide, Zambia included, to migrate from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

In line with this, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services launched the digital migration policy which tasked the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) with developing a regulatory and licensing framework to suit the new digital platform.

Below is the Digital Migration Stakeholders Meeting in pictures


The Director General (R) and the Board Chair (L)

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Moses Nyama - Director of Q TV Speaking

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