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Communications Authority shuts TV stations’ analogue signals

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The Communications Authority of Kenya Saturday made true its warning to three media houses that their analogue signals would be switched off if they failed to migrate to digital platform after February 13 mid night. The directive had been given on Friday after the Supreme Court ordered CA to restore the frequencies for the three media houses under the Africa Digital Network consortium.

“Any broadcaster still on analogue platform will be doing so illegally and the authority shall take regulatory action against them,” said CA Director General Francis Wangusi on Friday. The authority forced KTN, NTV, QTV and Citizen TV out of analogue broadcasting on Saturday afternoon, leaving over 90 per cent of Kenyans staring at blank screens.

The broadcasters’ analogue transmitters located in Limuru were shut down even before CA reinstated digital frequencies for the media houses. Friday, a 7-judge bench ordered the authority to restore the frequencies which it had annulled following a complaint by pay TV providers Star Times and GoTV.