Broadcast - In Brief

Broadcast

- Just a few months after celebrating its 13th anniversary and moving into its state-of-the-art studios in Naguru – which also coincided with the switch from analog to digital broadcasting – Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) TV has recorded yet another milestone. It has become the first independent, indigenous television station to be broadcast on South Africa-based DStv.

- Chinese firm, Pan African Networks Group is set to roll out its digital television transmission next month to compete with state-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation which just launched its Digital Video Broadcasting -Terrestrial(DVB-T2) this week. The license contract to Pan Africa Networks requires it to roll out 12 sites by the end of its first year. The first distributor,KBC, through its subsidiary Signet this week activated the first DVB-T2 from its Limuru site.It has been running 10 free to air channels on a pilot basis since January and the service is now available in Nairobi, Ngong, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, Thika and Muranga. Plans are underway to upgrade this capacity to 20 channels within the next month. The Set-top boxes which will enable existing analogue TV sets owners receive digital signals retail from Sh4000- Sh10000. Broadcasters and vendors are pushing for the exemption from 25 per cent tax charged on them to make them affordable.