Bad blood has persisted between the Government and three mainstream media houses even as majority of households in the country remained shut off from television viewership for the second day, Sunday. Many people had to go without watching their favorite soap opera’s and local comedy shows and it seems it might go on even longer!
Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Information, Communication and Technology Fred Matiang’i led an onslaught against the media houses – Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services – accusing them of attempting to blackmail the Government by switching off their transmission.
The media houses in a statement response to Dr Matiang’i, said the forceful shutdown of analogue broadcasting was calculated at forcing them to avail their analogue signal for distribution by the Government-owned Signet and the “Government’s preferred Chinese-owned distributor Pan Africa Group (PANG)” that also operates Pay TV service Star Times.
“It is incomprehensible that the ICT cabinet secretary and the Communications Authority choose to blame the three media houses for a broadcast switch off that the Government and the regulator is entirely responsible for,” the statement read in part.
Seems we might miss out on our favorite shows even longer than we thought. Wonder how long it will last. Do you think KTN, Citizen and NTV made the right decision to switch off their signals? Tell us below.
Courtesy of Standard Digital.