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Kenya addresses media, distributors impasse

19 December 2013, 20:00

Nairobi - The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), in a move aimed at resolving the deadlock surrounding the migration to digital broadcasting, has ordered broadcasters to publish their reference offers ahead of a court challenge set for next Monday.

According to officials, this would ensure access, transparency and non-discrimination on the terrestrial signal distribution within media houses.

“We expect them to additionally prepare separate accounts for each commercial subsidiary including appropriate allocation of central overheads for six months,” said CCK Consumer Director, Mutua Muthusi.

Plans by the CCK to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting have been stalled by a court challenge by some media houses.

This emanated from a bitter row between broadcasters and the two official licensed signal distributors in the country.

The two distributors had allegedly over priced charges basing on single channel broadcasting.

Chinese-owned and managed Pan African Network Group (PANG) was set to charge KES 1.4 million (US$ 16 471) per channel while Signet, which is owned by Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) was set to levy KES 248 000
($2 918) per mega bit for signal.

This move invoked complaints from media owners who demanded for much lower terms of operation.

CCK has ruled that the content providers be charged for signal based on unit usage rather than channels hosted.

– CAJ News

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