Sources reveals what Citizen Tv and others will do after William Ruto contracted an international company for his inauguration
On Sunday, Multi-Choice-owned DSTV had confirmed that a Pop-up channel will live stream President-elect William Ruto’s inauguration. Read more:
However, unlike other national events where the local media gets exclusive coverage, they will reportedly get a feed from KBC and multichoice, who will have the exclusive right to cover. DSTV confirmed this development on Twitter, saying: It is true that there will be Kenya Presidential Inauguration pop-up channel 197, which will go live on 13th September 2022 and close on 14th September 2022.”
Speculations had also became awash that local channels would be locked out of the event and expected to purchase the feed for re-broadcasting from the contracted company, Live Eye.
A highly-placed source, however, confirmed to Kenyans.co.ke that the feed will be availed to local broadcasters free of charge.
The source further explained that all journalists from Kenyan news outlets will be allowed into Kasarani Stadium to cover the event for the purpose of their later prime time bulletins.
“We will take the feed. The feed is free. The journalists will attend and record but the feed will not be ours.
“This has happened before, it is not something new. The concern of the media is that there is no quality control from their part,” the source revealed to the local website
The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) was yet to respond to their questions regarding the nature of the arrangement by the time of publishing as their calls and text messages to Ruto’s communications organ were hit with silence.
Local media houses expected to cover the event include Citizen TV, NTV, KTN, TV47 and KBC among others.
Meanwhile, State-owned KBC has teased Kenyans with yet another post of William Ruto’s swearing after reports emerged that it will offer other local stations live feeds during the Tuesday, September 13, event.
On its social media platforms, the national broadcaster posted a banner with pictures of President-elect William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua on it.
It said it will provide the best coverage of the much-awaited inauguration, which more than 20 heads of state are expected to attend.
“We will bring you the best coverage of the swearing-in of President-Elect Dr William Ruto on Tuesday. #TheGreatKBC,” the station posted.