Nigeria: Broadcasting Organisations Support Industry Programme On The Preservation of Audio-Visual Media Assets
The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the umbrella body for all Radio and Television stations in Nigeria - has confirmed support for Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) 's Industry Programme on the Preservation of Africa's Audio-visual Media Heritage.
The Chairperson of BON, Hajia Sa'a Ibrahim, agrees that the initiative "could not have come at a better time" adding that: "Nigerian broadcasters also have many, many hours of prime audio-visual content in the archives that need to be digitised and offered for the benefit of society."
Benjamin Pius, the Publisher of Broadcast Media Africa - the initiator of the industry programme - welcomed the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria and its members to the industry initiative. He said that "the precarious legacy audio-visual landscape in Nigeria and across Africa need addressing and BMA's collaboration with BON in this regards is real positive development."
The BMA's Preservation of Audio-Visual Assets in Africa programme has been set up to achieve three main objectives which include but not limited to:
- Enable a deeper understanding of the status of media assets preservation in Africa.
- Help establish the capabilities of public broadcasters to secure the preservation of audio-visual collections for future generations.
- Work to institute a sustainable industry network of archivist and preservation professionals for Africa's broadcast media industry.
It is hoped that with the setting-up of this vital programme, the industry will come together to strengthen the preservation of Africa's socio-cultural heritage.