Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Discord over Kenya’s airwaves

From Nairobi, three media organisations – Nation Media Group, the Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services – have reportedly challenged the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) over the granting of exclusive rights to pay channels to oversee the digital migration process.

Nairobi, Kenya
The organisations are believed to have filed an urgent court petition in which it is claimed that they were deliberately left out of the migration process – this despite attracting over 85% of local viewership.

The petitioners further claim that the Commission’s decision to allow certain channels to intercept and flight their programs represents an infringement of their intellectual property rights.

It has been reported that the media houses have actively sought out a third digital signal distributor license.

This latest development is expected to impact on the country’s December 13 digital migration deadline.


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