Kenya Broadcasting Commission Calls For Govt Intervention In Settlement Of Historical Debts
5 June 2019
The Managing Director of the Kenya Broadcasting Commission, Dr Naim Bilal has declared that there is a need to update the Kenya Broadcasting Act cap 221 to allow for the establishment of a functional public service broadcaster and also to protect Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) from competition.
Speaking before the Senate Committee last week, the KBC MD also called for the government to advertise with the KBC in order to boost the broadcaster’s revenue base and improve public confidence.
Dr Bilal also asked for government intervention in rescuing the cash-strapped corporation from the heavy burden of historical debts amounting to over $89million by proposing a bailout that would be paid across five years.
According to the MD, the KBC is only receiving $4.3million annually against the expected amount of $17million, an amount that he deemed as too little, considering the corporation’s massive financial obligations.
Dr Bilal also noted that the KBC needed government intervention to purchase titles for land under its trust.
He said that failure by the corporation to secure legal ownership of its vast land has led to severe encroachment, especially in Yala in Siaya County and Komarock in Machakos County.
KBC is also asking for the government’s permission to sell parcels of land under its trust to raise funds to offset the national broadcaster’s growing debt.