Kenyan authority reviewing programming code for pay-TV operators
26 March 2019
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) says its currently reviewing the programming code for pay television providers. The current Code was developed in 2015 and came to force in 2016 and only targeted free to air television providers. CA said that the ongoing review process that will now see pay television providers included, is in line with the regulator’s commitment that the programming code should be reviewed every two years. It is also in tandem with the ICT sector law that mandates the Authority prescribe a programming code that sets the standards for the time and manner of programmes to be broadcast by licensees.
The CA said it recently engaged various stakeholders in the broadcasting industry to help review the code. Some of the major issues addressed include classification and rating for subscription and ‘Pay per view’ rating system, addressing programmes on broadcast competitions/voting in order to ensure that viewers and listeners are not materially misled, privacy and fairness and requirements relating to hate speech.