Despite a High Court appeal against switching off Nairobi’s analogue TV signals, Kenya’s main TV tower went dark on December 23 at midnight. High Court judge David Majanja ruled that the Communication Commission’s processes and procedures had been correctly carried out. Local broadcasters were appealing against the decision, and in the process arguing the case for “millions” of viewers who had not bought new digital decoder boxes.
“It is a dark Christmas when Kenyans have been denied access to crucial information and a chance to watch favourite TV station. The Broadcast industry has been mortgaged to selected few and this is truly unfair to law abiding citizens. The price of the blackout will be unbearable and the greatest losers are Kenyans,” said David Ohito, Vice-chairman of the country’s Editors Guild, in an interview with the Kenya Standard newspaper.