Kenya: CCK May Shut Down Citizen in Some Areas

Regulation & Policy

The Communications Commission of Kenya has directed Royal Media Services to stop broadcasting using some frequencies it says are being operated without a license.

The commission has now given the media house a 30-day notice to withdraw some of its TV and radio station frequencies failure to which the CCK will take action at its disposal.

The directive issued yesterday could see Citizen TV being shut down is areas such Karue Hill in Embu, Vuria Hill, Gatare in Muranga and Enchoro Hill in Nyamira. Services of Radio Citizen in areas such as Nanyuki, Nakuru, Mwingi, Makueni and Mazeras may also be shut down.

"It has come to the attention of the commission that the...frequencies are being operated without a license and therefore in contravention of the law," said CCK in a public notice. "The current users of these frequencies are hereby served with a 30-day notice to cease using these frequencies, failure to which CCK shall take the necessary action."

Some of the other radio stations run by Royal Media that will be affected by the directive are vernacular stations such as Inooro FM in Nakuru, Muuga FM in Nanyuki, Maa FM in Narok, Musyi FM in Mwingi and Makueni.

Though CCK did not say what action it will take against Royal Media, the Kenya Information and Communication Act says that operating a radio station without a license is an offense that attracts a fine of Sh5 million and imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both.

"CCK wishes to remind the licenses frequency users that all radio frequency transmitters must be operated under a valid license whose conditions must be adhered to," the communication sector regulator said.