My people are better off without TV, says Kuria
26 February 2015, 15:47
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.
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.
also said that it was the government's job to spread the digital wing
by ensuring Kenyans have access to free set top boxes.
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
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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