Digital migration: Supreme Court urges parties to dialogue
29 September 2014, 19:02
Nairobi - The Supreme Court has given parties haggling over digital migration 90 days to dialogue and decide on the matter.
The ruling made by the judges and read out by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga Monday, revoked orders made by the Supreme Court in March forcing the Communications Authority of Kenya CAK to grant distribution licences to three local media firms.
It also called on the CAK not to open up digital migration, since the three media houses, the Nation Media Group, Standard Group and the Royal Media Services would lose billions in investments made without being given time to ensure they are ready for migration.
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Mutunga while revoking the Appeal Court ruling, said that the CAK and media houses have 90 days to negotiate over the matter and come up with a way forward.
However, the media houses, represented by senior counsel Paul Muite were left frustrated by the ruling, seeing as it more or less asks the media houses that have contested CAK decisions to go back to the body and negotiate.
The ruling too will now place the spotlight on how much the two parties are willing to cede, to avoid a return to the same chambers in three months time.
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