Earlier this week, Standard Media Group announced that its broadcast services had been disrupted, affecting its television channels.
Following the broadcast of Checkpoint, a Sunday primetime news program, the media conglomerate stated that the outages would occur at irregular intervals and would likely disrupt the smooth transmission of programs on KTN Home and other sister stations.
According to a senior source respondent to BMA Sources, the situation will persist. As a result, the stations will turn on and off as the technical team troubleshoots to find a permanent solution to the problem.
“Dear viewers, we are experiencing a technical issue that is interfering with the seamless transmission of programming on our TV channels – KTN News, KTN Home, KTN Farmers TV, and BTV,” the statement read.
KTN is currently hosted on Signet and Pan-Africa Network Group (PANG), while NTV, Citizen TV, Inooro TV are hosted on African Digital Network (ADN) and Signet Signals.
According to PANG’s official website, the company delivers a digital terrestrial television platform across the country, with 23 sites covering more than 75% of the population. The distributor has been in business since October 2011.
On the other hand, Signet is a subsidiary of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and is responsible for broadcasting and distributing digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) signals.
This is not the first time the Mombasa Road-based media company has been struck with a signal problem affecting its transmission. The station announced in September 2021 that a solar satellite outage would disrupt transmission for a period of one week.
According to a Royal Media Services (RMS)official, Citizen TV, NTV, and Inooro abruptly stopped broadcasting during primetime news a month ago due to a technical fault.
“It was only a technical issue.” We share some facilities in Limuru. There is a transmitting station. Because it comes from TBEN TV, it might have an impact.”
“We share some satellite facilities,” the source stated, “but they have been restored.”