CA fines three media houses, sets conditions for self-provisioning licence
The CA has fined the Nation Media Group, Standard Group and the Royal Media Services Ksh500,000 each for breaching broadcasting regulations. This follows the suspension of the temporary authorization granted to Africa Digital Network Limited on 21st January 2015.The Authority carried out the administrative action against the three media houses after they carried misleading infomercials on their channels between 16th and 20th January 2015.
The infomercials implied that the transmission of their content by Star Times and Gotv was illegal and further dissuaded consumers from purchasing set top boxes of Star Times and GOtv to watch CITIZEN TV, NTV, KTN and QTV. The affected pay TV providers subsequently filed complaints with the Authority against the misleading adverts.
The CA board held deliberations today where they asked the three media houses to meet a raft of conditions before their temporary self-provisioning authorisation is reinstated.
The conditions to be met by each media house include: a penalty of Ksh500,000; a commitment to carry advertisements on digital migration and not to use their channels to carry selective and misleading information; a commitment not to engage in anti-competitive behaviour; and to comply with the type approval procedures.
The media houses were given seven (7) calendar days, effective from today 6th February 2015, to adhere to the conditions. The Authority shall lift the suspension and resume the processing of the self-provisioning licence.
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