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Digital switchover date moved again

07 February 2014, 10:14

Nairobi - The Court of Appeal extended the date of the switchover from analogue to digital signal to Monday next week pending the outcome of the case before it.

Three media houses namely, Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and Standard Group, brought the case before the courts opposing the government backed digital migration.

The media houses’ lawyers argued that their clients were not opposed to the digital migration but were opposed to their content being distributed by a third party.

“The media houses should be given digital broadcasting licenses to transmit their own programs as opposed to being forced to surrender their content to Signet Company for distribution,” said lawyer Paul Muite, who represents the media houses.

Lawyers representing Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) opposed the tabling of a letter written by the regulator granting license to Signet a digital signal distributor to broadcast content from local TV stations.

 The judges however rejected the CCK’s lawyers request to have the letter rejected.

The migration had been suspended for 45 days last year in order to pave way for the hearing of the case.

Lawyers will make more submissions on Monday next week before the Court of Appeal makes a decision in the case that has been in and out of court for some time.

The digital migration is in line with International Telecommunications Union requirements that members states switch to digital broadcasting by 2015.

– CAJ News

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