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Local media houses land digital licences

28 November 2014, 08:08 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Local media houses have finally landed their much sought after digital television licences.

The three media houses, the Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and the Standard Group have been embroiled in a long standing tug of war with the Communications Authority of Kenya CAK over the licences.

The three had been to court severally to contest the fact that the CAK had only awarded the licences to an overseas firm, China's Pan African Television Group and KBC's Signet.

And after a Supreme Court ruling last month which asked the two groups to dialogue, the three firms have been awarded the licences which will see them distribute digital signals.

They have for a long time argued that since they oversee over 90% of local viewership, they deserve to distribute their own set top boxes.

The agreement on the licences now also means that a date for digital migration will finally be set.

The global digital migration shift is set for mid 2015.

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