New broadcast programming code takes effect in Kenya

Regulation & Policy

A new programming code for free-to-air radio and television broadcasting services in Kenya came into force at midnight on July 1.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi said in a statement the new code set standards for the time and manner of programmes to be broadcast by licensees.

Licensees had been given enough time to comply with the new code which had been published in the Kenya Gazette in December 2015.

“To facilitate seamless transition into the new environment, the authority gave broadcasters a grace period of six months to align their operations with the provisions of the programming code before this key regulatory tool came into effect.

“The development of the code was done in accordance with the provisions of Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, as amended, and the Kenya Information and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations, 2009, which obligate the authority to prescribe a programme code that sets the standards for the time and manner of programmes to be broadcast by licensees,” Wangusi said.

The grace period lapsed on June 30 and radio and TV broadcasters were now required to transmit programming appropriate for family audiences from 5am to 10pm.
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Source: The Citizen 2nd July 2016