Kenya: KBC to Test Live House TV Broadcasts


Parliamentary proceedings will be covered live on television by the State-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation from next week.

Speaker Kenneth Marende reminded members that the State broadcaster had been covering them live on radio since Tuesday after he used his discretion to give KBC the green light to open up the House to its listeners. That was in line with the Speaker's reform agenda and a motion passed over a decade ago to have parliamentary rules amended to allow live coverage of the proceedings and committee meetings.

On Thursday, Marende said he had made the historic decision in line with his pledge to reform the House during his tenure so as to make it more open and accessible to the public.

The Speaker made the pledge to members in January in his acceptance speech soon after he was elected to replace Francis ole Kaparo. Marende said the State broadcaster would be given the monopoly to do the test runs for the rest of the year as a technical committee formed by Parliament finalises arranges to open up the service to all the media houses.

Marende said the official launch of a parliamentary live radio broadcast service will be in August while the TV broadcast was scheduled for next February. Only two occasions in Parliament have been covered live previously - the State Opening by the Head of State after a General Election and the reading of the annual Budget statement.

The Nation, Nairobi