Concord Times (Freetown)

16 December 2013

Sierra Leone: Ican TV to Start Operations Soon

A new television network and cable services (DTH) will be launched in Sierra Leone shortly to contribute to the television network in the country.

"ICANTV (SL)'s core mission is to produce quality original television and broadband content designed to inform, educate, inspire, and empower Sierra Leoneans throughout the world," said Board Chairman of the company, who is former member of parliament, Hon. Nuru Deen. "ICANTV (SL) will bring new ideas and changes to the television industry in Sierra Leone."

Speaking to Concord Times,the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Emerson Saffa, said one of the core visionsof the new television station is to utilize new technologies and invent new operating procedures and modernized business methodology. "ICANTV (SL) will be able to operate effectually for the satisfaction of its viewers," he said.

Saffa said the end result to viewers is to bring quality contents just like other television stations and cable companies in the Americas and UK.

"Our television station will be committed to promote talented Sierra Leoneans such as movie and music makers, comedians, football clubs, etc.,"he said, adding that their broadcasting team will be well-trained to portray high standards of professionalism, excellence, honesty and integrity in broadcasting.

"We'll recognize and accept excellence as a fundamental goal of our television station, and ICANTV (SL) will broadcast in Sierra Leone and our contents will be seen by Sierra Leoneans throughout the country and the world over, using our own setup boxes that will be given or recommended to our viewers living abroad," he explained.

The CEOassured that ICANTV (SL) will be committed to community involvement through a variety of public service projects,working with partners such as colleges, under-developed schools and tertiary institutions. ICANTV (SL), he added, will also partner with colleges and schools in Sierra Leone to train and certify journalists, television technicians, camera crew, and others in the media business and provide jobs for them as needed.

He disclosed that ICANTV has gone through the legal process of registration and was interviewed by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) and approved by the Commission's Technical Committeeboard. "They (IMC) have now forwarded all documents to NATCOM for a frequency to be allocated to the network, and once that is complete, we will announce the launching date," he said.

The company, he added, has board members drawn from all facets of society to ensure success in their operations.

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