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Kenya delays digital switchover

December 11, 2013

By Chris Forrester

Kenya’s High Court has delayed this Friday’s analogue switch-off at its main Nairobi transmitter. Justice David Majanja temporarily delayed the switch off by two weeks, to December 23rd, to allow more time for viewers to buy converter boxes, and for legal arguments to be heard.

Kenya’s Media Owners Association, which includes TV broadcasters, are challenging the nation’s decision to switch off analogue TV signals. Their move was supported by Kenya’s Consumers Federation.

In essence the argument revolves around whether the switch-off has parliamentary support and whether Kenya’s government should have introduced a formal Bill in support of its plans.

Kenya’s Attorney General, as well as the Communications Commission of Kenya, are seeking to deny any further delays and are arguing that the law has correctly been implemented and that the application is a an abuse of court time.

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