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Tanzania: Analogue Broadcasting to Go Permanently in Tanzania

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There will be no return to analogue broadcasting, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) announced Tuesday (March 12th), Tanzania’s Daily News reported.

Tanzania began suspending all analogue broadcasting in the country on January 1st, starting with Dar es Salaam and spreading throughout the country in phases, leading to criticism from some media organisations.

“I am not criticising the process, but the rush to switch off analogue broadcasting has adversely affected the majority of the people as well as media owners,” Media Association of Tanzania Chairman Reginald Mengi said on Monday, according to Tanzania’s The Guardian.

Mengi said the cost of decoders to access digital broadcasting is prohibitive for the poor, and the reduced audience that followed the switch has led to a drop in advertising.

TCRA Director General John Nikoma said his organisation would meet to discuss concerns with the switch to digital broadcasting, but a return to analogue was not up for consideration.

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