Royal media’s SK Macharia sues government for shutdown of TV stations

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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,1st FEB 2018-Royal Media Services chairman, SK Macharia has sued the government following its decision to shutdown three TV stations  in the country.

Macharia is seeking compensation for the revenues lost throughout the three day shutdown of Citizen TV,NTV and KTN NEWS.

The move comes just hours after judge Chacha Mwita ordred that government restores transmission for  the three TV stations.

Macharia also wants the  the government  barred from interfering with the firm’s broadcasting sites.

It is estimated that the three switched off stations; KTN, Citizen Tv and NTV have lost close to Sh30 million in advertising revenues per day.

While making the ruling in the petition filed by activist Okiyah Omtatah judge Mwita also ordered the government to desist from interfering with the operations of the media.

The three stations control over 90 per cent of the local viewership.

The Interior CS, Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday said that the three stations would remain shut as the government investigated ‘serious breach of security’ claims against them.

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