A new Station is born…
3 Stones TV is Kenya’s first Kikuyu-language digital channel
broadcasting on the free-to-air KBC Signet Digital Platform and on
GO TV, StarTimes and ZUKU subscription platforms.
The station went on air on 2nd November, 2012 with a full line-up of
locally-produced programmes. The programmes are broadcast in
the Gikuyu language, and in English and Kiswahili.
The channel is targeted at the Kikuyu-speaking population based in
the Mt. Kenya region, i.e. Nairobi, Kiambu, Muranga, Nyeri,
Kirinyaga counties, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu Counties and in other
parts of the country.
Broadcast digital television offers many advantages;
It provides improved picture and surround sound i.e. enhanced
It provides interactive video and data services that were not
possible with analog technology
It will enable broadcasters offer multiple programming choices
called multicasting, and interactive capabilities. Multicasting will
allow broadcasters to offer several channels of digital programming
at the same time, using the same amount of spectrum required for
one analog program.
Broadcast digital television will also allow several multi-media
applications such as internet television – live streaming, video on
demand (VoD), paid subscription using a standard http protocol and
mobile platforms. The availability of higher bandwidth and faster
connection speeds as a result of the ongoing installation of the fiber
optic network will mean more Kenyan consumers will have access
to the Internet.
Why 3 Stones TV?
The last 20 years have seen a growing pride in our identity as
Kenyans and a yearning for the re-discovery of our cultural history. Many
Kenyans are concerned about the loss of the vast cultural knowledge
possessed by our forefathers concerning all spheres of life as well as the
continuing erosion of traditional values through the propagation of
western values in both foreign and locally-produced television content.
While acknowledging that culture is dynamic, 3 Stone TV’s
objective is to fill this ‘niche’ by providing the Kenyan television viewer
with a local-language ‘Kenyan History Channel’ - a television channel
that records our rich oral history and vast cultural knowledge as well as
contemporary affairs, in order to inform and to instill dignity and pride in
our rich history and our accomplishments as a people."
3 Stones.tv connects with the viewer; the channel shares
his heritage and speaks his language, it identifies with his hopes and
aspirations and shares his dreams."
3 Stones.tv more than any other television station targeted
at the Mt. Kenya audience, helps brands connect with their consumers."
People behind 3 Stones.tv
3 Stones.tv was founded by Rose Kimotho who founded and run
Kameme FM a local-language radio station, and K24 television before
selling both stations in 2010.
The team includes David Kimotho who is the Marketing Director. David
was previously Operations Director at Kameme FM and K24. The
team also includes young and dynamic Kenyans like “Kihenjo”,
Kenya’s leading Kikuyu comedian.