CBU Participates in International Digital Switchover Symposium

Jun 24, 2015 | Uncategorized

On June 17, 2015, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) joined broadcasters around the world in marking the deadline reached for switchover from analogue to digital TV for 119 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.

The 17 June deadline for switching off analogue television broadcasting in the UHF band was set by ITU Member States at the Regional Radiocommunication Conference in 2006, known as the GE06 Regional Agreement. Several countries that are party to the GE06 Agreement, as well as many who are not, have already made the transition.

The June 17, deadline does not apply to the Caribbean region. However, many Caribbean countries are currently moving towards digital broadcasting operations, and the process is well underway in the Bahamas, Cuba, Suriname and Curacao.

The CBU provided an update on digital switchover (DSO) activities in the Caribbean during a symposium hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The CBU presentation, by pre-recorded video, was made by member of the CBU DSO Committee, and Manager of ATV Suriname, Mr Guno Cooman. The video and captions of the event are available on the CBU website www.caribroadcastunion.org and the ITU website


A further update on the Caribbean’s digital switchover status will be provided at the upcoming CBU Annual General Assembly, from August 17 to 20, in St. George’s, Grenada.


The CBU is a grouping of forty-seven (47) media entities located in twenty-two (22) countries and territories in the English, Dutch and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The Union’s mandate includes facilitating indigenous programme production and sharing; capacity-building of media institutions and professionals; joint negotiation of rights for programming; and advocacy in regional and international forums on policy and technology issues.

In 2015, the CBU celebrates forty-five (45) years of service to the media and Caribbean development, since its establishment in November 1970 in Georgetown, Guyana.