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Cofek wary of broadcasters differences

16 June 2014, 16:32

Nairobi - The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has called on the national broadcaster, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), and pay-television firms, StarTimes and Zuku, to resolve their differences.

The consumer body said in a statement that the tensions between the three entities were a disservice to consumers.

It stated that while KBC made legitimate claim to exclusive FIFA rights and was yet to make disclosures, pay-TV firms must equally be considered especially considering that KBC was a free-to-air channel.

“Since the matter is active in Court, we are restrained on delving into the merit of the allegations and counter-allegations. On this front, we urge pay-tv firms to respect Court orders as issued. Contempt of Court, however genuine their grievances could be - is a recipe for regulatory disorder,” stated the CFK.

The federation further said that pay-tv firms are being equally insincere as far as the consumer is concerned.

“Their fight to relay KBC is temporary and solely for short-term commercial reasons as related to the World Cup,” stated CFK.

CFK has also faulted the preferential treatment that Gotv was allegedly receiving from KBC.

“Preferential treatment that Gotv, a subsidiary of Multichoice/DStv received from KBC, as compared to StarTimes and Zuku need explanation,” stated CFK.

 – CAJ News

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