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My people are better off without TV, says Kuria

26 February 2015, 15:47 William Korir

Nairobi - The people of Gatundu South are better off without the propaganda peddled by TV stations which are off air, MP Moses Kuria has said.

The MP says that his people are better off served without the local TV stations, which he says only peddle bad news and propaganda.

He says he does not think his people are missing the TV stations.

" They do not miss them. I think to be honest, my people are happy with the switch off because they are not watching insults on TV anymore, he said Thursday in parliament.

Kuria as well as other MPs were grilling bosses of Media Houses Nation Media Group and the Royal Media Services over the reason why their stations are off air and when they will be back.

Royal Media Services chairman SK Macharia says that members of the African Digital Network ADN are doing their best to shift to the digital platform, saying that reports to the contrary are false.

The ADN, whose affiliates are NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV are currently off air after they were switched off analogue platform by the Communications Authority of Kenya CA two weeks ago.

They are thus off air and have been broadcasting online.

Macharia says that the broadcasters are working overtime to ensure they are back on air.

" We are not against migration. We are just seeking time to set up our infrastructure for migration to the digital network," he said Thursday.

He also said that come May this year, the stations will have spread their wings to most parts of the country.

" We are able to deliver signals to 70 percent of the country by end of May. We have ordered set top boxes," he added.

Macharia also said that it was the government's job to spread the digital wing by ensuring Kenyans have access to free set top boxes.

" Digital Migration is the responsibility of the government. That is why South Africa set aside money to buy set top boxes for the poor. Kenya should be the same," he added.

The stations are currently awaiting the results of a court case by activist Okiya Omtatah seeking to have analogue signal returned until the stations are able to convert to digital.

The fact that the stations are asking for a May timeline to be on the network may be a problem for Kenyans, who have been used to watching the TV stations.

Thus far the government has refused to return to analogue signal saying that the stations have had the required time to shift from analogue to digital.

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