Release content or face the law, CAK tells media houses
20 January 2015, 18:10
Nairobi - The Communications Authority of Kenya CAK has told four media houses that they risk being denied the right to earn from advertising if they deny others the right to air their stations.
The authority has warned TV stations KTN, NTV, Citizen TV and QTV that they are obligated by law to allow licensed digital providers air their channels on their platforms.
And if they fail to do so, then they will be denied the right to earn money from advertising.
The CA says that there are 77 licensed Set Top Boxes in the country that must carry all the 40 Free-To-Air channels or face the law.
The statement was released in reaction to a recent advert from the four media houses telling Kenyans not to buy set top boxes from GOtv and Star Times if they have any need to watch their stations.
They have insisted that the two firms are carrying their stations illegally and that they plan to bring in their own set top boxes which will carry their channels.
GOtv have already gone to court over the matter.
This is not the first time the media houses and CA have clashed over the digital migration and it seems will not be the last, with there still several issues that are yet to be agreed on between the two parties over the analogue to digital migration.
At the moment, there is a case pending at the Supreme Court which is aimed at ironing out the current stalemate.
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