CA switches off four stations as digital migration saga brews
14 February 2015, 16:47
Nairobi - The Communications Authority of Kenya CA has switched off four TV stations in the country for non compliance with the pre-agreed analogue-digital migration schedule.
The four stations, NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV were switched off a few minutes after 1 PM local time Saturday.
This followed a ruling Friday by the Supreme Court that the set dates for migration within Nairobi and its environs would remain 31 December 2014 and for other major towns in the country February 2, 2015, which in essence meant that the four stations were in violation of the schedule having not earlier made the switch.
The four had argued Friday that they needed more time to move to the digital platforms as they were in the process of importing their own set top boxes.
However, the Supreme Court said that in the spirit of competition, it was necessary for all stations to shift to the digital network in-order to allow a fair playing field as every other station apart from the four had already moved.
Engineers from the CA switched off the signals belonging to the four stations at their respective Limuru transmission stations.
The development thus means that the four are not available to Kenyans on analogue or digital platforms within Nairobi and its environs and other major towns.
The development is will make for interesting viewing, as the CA and the stations have been embroiled in a year long battle over the migration.
The CA had earlier revoked the stations' digital licenses as they said that they had broken the simple rules of competition by telling Kenyans not to buy set top boxes belonging to Star Times and GOtv.
The Supreme Court Friday, however revoked the order by the CA and allowed the three stations have their licenses returned if they comply with set conditions.
For now, those without set top boxes remain in the dark just over three months to the worldwide switch-off date for digital.
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