Court postpones digital migration hearing
27 November 2013, 17:56
Nairobi - The High Court has postponed to early next month the
hearing into the petition filed by three local media organisations challenging
the deadline to migrate to digital broadcasting.
Justice Mumbi Ngigi postponed the petition by Royal
Media, Standard Group the Nation Media Group to December 6. That is exactly a week before the December 13 deadline
government has set for the migration from analogue broadcasting.
The three media organization argued in their petition
that the government had not put in place proper infrastructure to ensure a
smooth migration and further cited unfair denial for a signal distribution
“Denying media houses licenses for digital signal
distribution contradicts Article 34 of the Constitution,” argued the
organizations in their petition.
The complainants further argued that there were limited
Set Top Boxes (STB)in the country to enable the smooth transmission of digital
signals a situation that would leave many Kenyans cut out of the vital TV
services if the government sticks to the December 13 deadline.
It is reported there are 26 000 STBs in the country,
which critics say is not close to half the number required.
It is feared that many Kenyans would not manage to
purchase the STB due to their pricing and further meet the monthly subscription
Stakeholders in the media sector have urged the
government to subsidize the STB prices to make them affordable to many low
The migration is initially scheduled to cover Nairobi.
Government has insisted the deadline would be moved.