Existence of two companies with the similar names (just one letter variation) has rocked Nation Media Group, Standard Group and Royal Media services as they battle to own their own set top boxes.
The three giant media companies were shocked to find their chosen name Africa Digital Network (ADN) had been registered as African Digital Network by two individuals which is against the registration of companies laws. The only difference is that the three media houses uses ‘Africa’ while the other company uses ‘African’ both of which are too close thus may create confusion – an illegality in registering companies.
This other company is alleged to have been registered over 115 years ago yet its two directors are in their twenties.
The media houses now point to a well choreographed plan to put them off air for good, as they cite glaring errors in the new company which raises their suspicion that the company has been registered maliciously by those ‘fighting to keep Kenyaâ€™s biggest broadcasters off-air’.
“It’s our belief that the purported registration or proposed registration of a company by the later name African Digital Network is being undertaken out of mischief by a third party or due to inadvertence at the Registry. Whatever the case, such a registration would be undesirable and is likely to cause confusion due to the similarity of the names of the two companies,” reads part of their joint protest letter to the Registrar of CompaniesÂ Bernice Gachengu.
The ‘fake’ company was allegedly registered on January 1 1900, that’s 115 years ago, at Midnight!