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Analogue TV switch-off: Kenyans verdict

16 February 2015, 13:55 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The switch- off of analogue signal and thus the temporary closure of three major TV stations has had Kenyans talking over the weekend; but what is their true feeling?

The Communications Authority CA switched off the signal in Nairobi and major towns Saturday after a Supreme Court ruling Friday had granted them orders to continue with digital migration as planned.

The move caught the stations NTV, KTN and Citizen TV as well as QTV by surprise and with them undoubtedly having the widest reaches in the country, their viewers.

But with worldwide migration set for mid June and the media houses having undertaken a costly court process to help them delay the migration, was there real sympathy from Kenyans?

Or what are the true feelings of Kenyans.

In a survey undertaken by News24 both on the ground as well as social media, over 70% agreed that it was time to move to the digital platform.

The less than 30% were of the opinion that the 4 TV stations have been crippled by the government and unfairly treated.

200 respondents were asked about the process in Nairobi and of the 70% who agreed with the analogue switch-off, they argued that time was a factor in their feelings.

With just over 3 months left before the worldwide switch-off, Kenyans have needed time to shift to digital, but with the persistent wrangling by the media houses, the time has run out.

Others felt that the issue had been mishandled by the media houses, who have had a long time to prepare for migration.

Many too felt that the message that was peddled by the media houses demonizing Star Times and GOtv was out of order and sparked of desperation and arrogance.

Of the 30%, the issue of paying a monthly fee figured for them as the media houses have had an issue with pay TV companies forcing Kenyans to pay for their content.

Another was the fact that the government has insisted on handing distribution licences to foreign companies and not local ones, which they felt was unfair.

For the moment though, the stations remain off air and Kenyans have been well, forced to seek alternatives. How long will they stay in this state?

We wait and see.

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