AFRICAST 2014 with the theme: Digital Broadcast Content: Production, Sourcing and Delivery, is the tenth edition of the biennial conference of Africa Broadcasters which premiered in October, 1996. AFRICAST 2014 is very unique as it heralds the final drive towards Digital terrestrial television switchover in Nigeria and the world.
The conference therefore provided a solid platform for stakeholders in Africa’s broadcasting scene to converge and exchange ideas on content creation and explore the possibilities offered by the new and emerging technologies.
The opening ceremony which was declared open by the Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria (SGF), Mr. Pius Anyim Pius, represented by Dr Ferdinand Agu, Senior Special Assistant, Research and Development to the President, attracted dignitaries and broadcast experts from around the world. In attendance were the Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon Umar Buba Jubril, Chairman of the NBC Board, Prof. Herbert Onye Orji and other Board Members; Commissioners of Information and former Directors General of the National Broadcasting Commission. Others were the Directors General of sister regulatory agencies and Chief Executives of government and private broadcast stations in Nigeria as well as other broadcast experts from around the world.
AFRICAST 2014 attracted 930 participants and 58 exhibitors cutting across the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, China, Singapore, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.
The conference also featured two Master Classes on Investigative Journalism and Digital Production.
In recognition of the importance of content in the drive for a successful digital environment, the conference had 14 presentations taken in five plenary sessions with the following sub themes:
- Crossing the Digitisation Bridges chaired by Alhaji Ibrahim Buba of New Age Media
- Alternative Approaches chaired by Alhaji Ibrahim Buba of New Age Media
- Contents Productions and Sourcing Roundtable chaired by Mr Sola Omole, DG NTA
- Content Management in a Digital Era chaired by Dr. Ladan Salihu, DG FRCN
- Imperatives of the Digital Era chaired by Mr O. Mac Emakpore, former Director, Monitoring, National Broadcasting Commission
- Make We Change the World: How the Digitisation of Nigeria’s Music can help bridge the Digital Divide chaired by Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama Echefu, University of Calabar. more...