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Court to deliver ruling on digital migration

12 February 2014, 11:34

Nairobi - The Court of Appeal is Wednesday expected to make a ruling on whether major media houses would be awarded digital transmission licenses which were given to new entrants in the market.

One of the three judges hearing the petition urged the parties, which include the government, to discuss among themselves and explore if they could settle out of court.

“Continue talking to find an agreement between yourselves out of court,” said Judge Roseline Nambuye.

The three media houses, Royal Media Services, Standard Group and Nation Media Group, had earlier been blamed for failing to apply for the licenses in good time and then seeking to stop the digital migration.

Lawyer Fred Ngatia, who is representing government had accused other media houses of trying to use the court case to delay and even stop the digital migration process.

Ngatia said that media houses’ quest to have foreign companies barred from transmitting their content was misplaced by submitting that the digital license could be a preserve of the local media houses.

The government commenced by licensing signet and later introduced Pan Africa Network Group Co. Ltd to compete with SIGNET since the market was rife for competition.

Wednesday’s ruling on the case is expected to have an impact on digital migration in the country.

– CAJ News

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