Media owners in Kenya are now crying foul and have now suspended provision of content to KBC for digital broadcasting. The MOA are saying that the government is giving priority to foreign broadcasters and ignoring local broadcasters in the provision of digital signals.
They say the action of the government is suspect and that their applications have been ignored and foreign application for the digital signals prioritised. They say the action of the government is suspect and clouded with dishonesty.
The local broadcasters are all to offer content for digital testing to KBC, through a subsidiary company, Signet. But some foreign pay TV channels have been hiring test signals from KBC locking out local broadcasters.
“Digital frequencies are a limited resource and priority should be given to free-to-air channels, to encourage take up of digital TV without putting a monthly financial burden on viewers who already have to bear the cost of acquiring a set top box,” the statement from MOA added.