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sam

Senior Villager
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Communication Authority of Kenya is said to have forcefully used the police to switch off KTN, NTV and Citizen TV's analogue signals countrywide following failure by the three media houses to voluntarily switch off by yesterday midnight.Kumechacha.
 

Meria Mata

Elder Statesman
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if not for all the social media attention hii kitu watu wa fta hatungenotice, we dont watch local channels at all at all. i pity the local man who knows nothing about fta and pay tv, the wanjiku who has no choice but to watch local channels.
 

Mathaais

Village Chief
#7
They switched themselves off, how come we can see that message they're all displaying castigating CA.They're broadcasting it using what, smoke signals?
 

Meria Mata

Elder Statesman
#11
YES, we must move forward. these stations have
held us to analogue for too long. if they stay off
it's they that will lose revenue from adverts.
they can't afford that. watch this space.
SOMEONE tell the media mafia we don't care!
 

Meria Mata

Elder Statesman
#15
On Friday 13th February 2015, the
Supreme Court of Kenya ruled on
Petition number 14 of 2014 that had
been brought before them by The Royal
Media Services Ltd, the Standard Media
Services Ltd and the Nation Media
Services.
This is one of the many cases that the 3
media houses has filed in Court over
the last four years in their quest to
redress a number of issues relating to
digital migration.
In their considered ruling, the Justices
of the Supreme Court of Kenya found at
paragraph 34 of their ruling that “It is
clear to us that, following the
judgement of this Court, and the
appropriate acts of compliance which
have been summarised in this ruling,
the stage was properly set for migration
from analogue to the digital platform in
broadcast transmissions, and there was,
and is, a new national and international
reality in that regard, to be adopted and
internalised by all parties who have
come before us.
"From the foregoing observation, and
from our Ruling as a whole, it should
be clear that there is in place no cogent
foundation for the application filed by
the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents (Royal
Media Services Ltd, Standard Media
Services Ltd and Nation Media Services
Ltd.) before this apex appellate Court.
From the terms of this Ruling, the
Orders of which we set out below, it
will be evident that no matter is
pending before this Court, to be
preserved by interim Orders.”
Following this Ruling, the
Communications Authority of Kenya
proceeded to implement the Supreme
Court’s decision to ensure that the
digital migration timetable was adhered
to.
I am made to understand that they
served a notice to the three media
houses to switch off their analogue
transmitters by midnight on Friday 13th
February 2015.
The 3 media houses defied this, forcing
the CA to seek warrants from the
Magistrate’s Court to switch off the 3
media houses’ analogue transmitters.
The CA did not switch off the digital
transmitters of the 3 media houses.
The CA did not ask any of the BSDs to
remove the 3 media houses from their
platforms.
In addition to switching themselves off
the digital transmission, the 3 media
houses opted to screen inaccurate and
misleading messages in a deliberate
effort to incite the public and portray
the regulator in negative and bad light.
Both switching themselves off the
digital transmission and screening
inaccurate messages is both illegal and
in blatant breach of the conditions of
their licensing. The government notes
this with great concern and hopes the
CA will take independent regulatory
action on the same.
The conduct of the 3 media houses is
contemptuous to the Supreme Court. It
is irrational and perhaps intended to
incite public opinion against the
regulator and the government.
Their antics are unbecoming of
responsible investors in Kenya’s
emerging dynamic and highly respected
communication sector.
If these acts are intended to manipulate
and/or blackmail the government,
Kenyan consumers and the regulator,
we would like to categorically state on
our part that we are not bothered or
excited. We will not go back on digital
migration.
The three media houses like all of us in
Kenya are not above the law. We expect
responsibility on their part and will not
accept to be blackmailed.
The government reiterates its
commitment to support digital
migration and ensure that Kenya joins
the community of modern nations that
will be at the cutting age of
broadcasting technology and services by
the world deadline of migration on 17th
June 2015.
In addition, the people of Kenya need
to know that they, in their entirety,
stand to benefit from digital migration,
especially because:-
1. Digital broadcasting is new
technology that provides opportunities
for better and clearer broadcast signal.
Kenyans will enjoy better and clearer TV
in the digital era than in the analogue
broadcasting.
2. Digital Migration will provide
opportunities for many more investors
interested in having television channels
to do so. It opens up the broadcast
space so that many Kenyan
organisations, especially faith based
institutions that have for far too long
needed television broadcasting
opportunities to air their content to do
so.
3. Digital migration will provide
unlimited opportunities for the
development and distribution of local
content. It will therefore open up and
facilitate growth of the country’s
creative industry.
4. Digital migration will create more job
opportunities. Kenya’s creative potential
is hardly tapped. Young Kenyans
interested in advancing their creative
careers have a historic opportunity
awaiting them in the digital
broadcasting era.
5. Digital Migration will enable us have
much better and faster internet in
Kenya because we will use the analogue
spectrum currently held by analogue
broadcasting to enhance 4th Generation
internet connectivity.
These and many more benefits await the
people of Kenya when we complete
digital migration in June 2015. The
government wishes to urge all Kenyans
to embrace digital migration and all the
new technologies to propel our country
to the 21st century in all our spheres of
life.
The government welcomes and
encourages as many interested investors
as possible to put their resources in the
country’s communication sector. Those
interested in television broadcasting
should liaise with the regulator, who
will be ready to facilitate them.
The government continues to steadfastly
uphold the rule of law and jealously
guard freedom of the press. Kenya is
open for business and let us all match
forward to the new era of digital
broadcasting looking forward to the
whole new world of opportunity,
employment, economic growth and
variety in television content in Kenya.
Sunday 15th February 2015
Fred Matiang’i, PhD
Cabinet SecretaryREPUBLIC OF KENYA
 
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Pesa ya makanisa kwisha. Most churches like ile ya kiuna, mavuno etc will prefer to have their own stations and thats what the three media houses dont want :) Great times ahead for kenya
 

mayekeke

Village Elder
#19
They say with the Digital signal setting up a TV station will cost around Kshs.1M.... With the help of investors look out for my TV station Firdous TV-Increase Your Imaan. In Sha Allah
 

Ingia

Village Elder
#20
if not for all the social media attention hii kitu watu wa fta hatungenotice, we dont watch local channels at all at all. i pity the local man who knows nothing about fta and pay tv, the wanjiku who has no choice but to watch local channels.
Ako na choice and many people(not all) can afford pay TV of some sort, only that they think its not important. Its natural for people to want to stay within the familiar territory even when they know of other probably better choices out there, citing financial pressure, or simply by saying that they dont like television much.
 
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