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Media houses in court over digital migration deadline

25 November 2013, 11:16

Nairobi - Three media houses have filed an urgent court petition against the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) challenging the organisation for granting of exclusive rights to local pay channels to oversee the digital migration process.

The three media organizations- Nation Media Group, the Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services-claim in their petition that they were discriminated against after being locked out of the migration process despite attracting more than 85 percent of television viewership locally.

The organizations further accuse the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) of violating their intellectual property rights following its move to allow Star Times Media Kenya, Signet Kenya, Pan African Network Group and Go-TV Kenya to intercept and transmit their programs.

“There is no rational or lawful explanation as to why the existing broadcasters have not been licensed to be digital signal distributors despite a government task-force recommendation,” stated the petition filled by the organizations,” the media houses stated.

Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi certified the petition as urgent and directed the serve the respondents with the suit awaiting further directions regarding the suit.

They also added that their substantial investment would go to waste if they would not be allowed to be providers as well.

Media houses have been pushing for a third digital signal distributor license under the banner of media owners’ association digital content company.

The organisations lost the first two licenses with one going to the Pan African Network Group.

The petition looks likely to affect the deadline for the migration to digital broadcasting set for December 13.

– CAJ News


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