The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, SIBC, has been announced the recipient of the first Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium, DRM, Enterprise award.
The award conferred in association with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association is in recognition of SIBC considering DRM and showing interest in actively introducing DRM.
Mr Sharad Sadhu, event coordinator on behalf of the DRM Consortium says the award aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world.
He says, SIBC truly understands the need to introduce digital radio.
Mr Sharad adds, recognition of this initiative will help SIBC become a catalyst for such a process in the region.
He explains, the basic objective is to expand coverage area and reach wider audiences with medium wave radio.
T^he winner of the DRM award was chosen by a panel of experts co-ordinated by Mr Sharad Sadhu.
The DRM Consortium was also represented by Dr Albert Waal, Head of Hardware Development, RFmondial GmbH.
Meanwhile, SIBC Chief Executive Ashley Wickham said today that the award was welcomed as it recognised SIBC’s plans to look ahead to providing more platforms with which to serve people of Solomon Islands.
Mr Ashley said, among initiatives raised in consultations with staff that will be well served by digital transmissions is the possibility of launching separate Pijin and English radio services.
He adds, SIBC was also awaiting a Feasibility Study into the provision of a national public television service.