After being off the air for eight months, Jamal Conteh the new managing director of ABC-TV –Africa has alerted the public that the station is now on a three-month test transmission.
He made this disclosure at a press briefing over the weekend at ABC-TV- Africa conference hall while introducing its new staff. He added that the station closed for eight months due to a break in one of their transmitter power packs.
Mr Conteh stated that, “ABC-TV is now on for real from 1pm to 1am,” adding that currently the station was running on 400 watts out of the 2000 watts they had.
The new managing director apologized to the public for the long break in transmission and assured that the station would be coming up with new programmes that would entice children and youth.
“Currently ABC-TV is in Freetown, Songo and Port Loko and by the end of the year it will cover up to Bo,” he disclosed, adding further that the station would produce 65% local news.
The managing director maintained that the station had now designed programmes that would bring the culture of Sierra Leone to life, and that also political, entertainment and developmental issues would be added to their programmes. He thanked Dr EO Lightfoot-Taylor, a Sierra Leonean who studied in the United States and who ordered and installed the new transmitter, for bringing ABC to life again.
Mr Conteh said his station would have spent a lot of money to purchase the transmitter from Italy and experts from Italy.
Mr Musa Conteh, the new administrative director, highlighted financial among other as challenges facing the station.
He stated that to bring the station on again they had spent millions of dollars, and encouraged the public to do business with them to make a difference in their lives and businesses.
Idrissa Kpange, head of audio and video, said before the station found it difficult to operate because they had to purchase fuel everyday but that with the supply of electricity from the National Power Authority it had now eased their day-to-day expenditure.