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Digital switch forces television stations to go off-air

24 December 2013, 08:32 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Television stations owned by three media houses were forced to go off-air following the High Court ruling that allowed digital migration to go on as planned by the government.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Majanja dismissed a petition by the Nation Media Group, the Standard Group and Royal Media Services to have digital migration postponed until certain critical issues spelt out in the petition are resolved.

“In compliance with that judgment, we are left with no option but to go off-air. We have instructed our lawyers to appeal against the High Court decision in the Court of Appeal. At the same time, we are pursuing other avenues to resolve the issue so that you can continue watching your favourite television station. We hope to be back on air as soon as possible,” a statement from Media Owners Association read.

In their plea, the media houses had argued that the government put up a strategic five year plan to ensure that the migration was smooth and give the public as well as stakeholders enough time to prepare for the move.

They said that if the move goes on as planned, they would incur huge losses to their businesses.

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