Court of Appeal extends suspension of analogue switch off in Nairobi

The analogue broadcasting signal switch off for Nairobi and its environs has been put on hold for another 30 days.

Appellate Judges, David Maranga, Roselyn Nambuye and Daniel Musinga on 12th January 2014 restrained the Commission from implementing digital migration until they give a judgment on March 14th 2014. “We extend the orders barring CCK from switching off analogue television signals until we give a judgment of the appeal on March 14 (2014),” the Court of Appeal judges ruled.

The Court made the decision after the close of submissions by the three media houses; Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and Standard Media Group as well as the Commission, the State Law Office and other parties involved in the dispute.

The Court of Appeal, on 27th December 2013, halted the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting for 45 days pending the hearing and determination of the dispute on February 6th 2014. 

On December 26, 2013 analogue signals were switched off in Nairobi and its environs following a High Court ruling on December 23, 2013 that dismissed a petition seeking to stop the process. In his ruling, High Court Judge David Majanja, had found no reasonable ground to halt the switch off as the petitioners had failed to convince the court that the process was unconstitutional.

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