By SAM ALFAN
The case filed by media owners association will be heard on the 6th of December on whether the migration from analog to digital broadcast will take place as announced earlier by the government. The government announced that on the 13th of next month it will switch from analogue to digital broadcasting starting with Nairobi County.
The court has directed the applicants to serve the interested parties by today and the respondents to file their submissions by the of 5th of December.
Consumer Federation of Kenya COFEK and west media were allowed to be enjoined in the suit by the court despite objections by Communications Commission of Kenya lawyer Kilonzo Wambua who argued that COFEK should not be brought on board since they recorded a consent to withdraw the same matter in another court where they were required to negotiate with the cabinet secretary for Information and communications. But lawyer representing COFEK told the court that the cabinet secretary backtracked in the negotiations process. And that the applications they are making is to revive the matter again.
COFEK will lay down the documents and the meetings they had with the cabinet secretary that failed to bear any fruits.
The media owners are of the view that the Government has not yet put in place adequate measures to ensure availability of universal set-top boxes for receiving digital transmission country-wide.
The media owners moved to court last week seeking orders to stop the Government from effecting the Television Digital switch scheduled to take place on the 13th of December in Nairobi.
They say that they stand to suffer huge financial losses as a result of the switch if the Government proceeds with it as planned.
The media owners’ further avers that the December deadline if not extended more than 90%of the viewers will not be able to receive any broadcast on their TV sets as it was experienced in Tanzania. The matter will be heard on the 6th of December before justice David Majanja.