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Mt. Kenya Television Suspended, Charged Sh500,000 for Broadcasting Inappropriate Content During Irrigation Period –

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The Kenya Communications Regulatory Authority (CA) today ordered Mount Kenya Television to go on air for a minimum of four weeks to address internal structural and operational challenges before resuming normal transport.

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The authorities took this decision, along with other regulatory measures, after it was discovered that the Television station, owned by Slopes Media House Ltd, contained appropriate broadcasts during the water show.

‘Authorities have established that live broadcasting, Free Jimmy, clearly violated the Broadcasting Regulations, the Program Code, and the terms and conditions of the channel’s broadcasting license, “acting CA Director General Ms. Wanjau in a press statement today.

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Ms Wanjau said the offensive program contained sexually explicit images, drug abuse, robbery and violence for blatant violation of the Software Code, and ICT industry law.

An inappropriate movie was aired while children were watching unsupervised ads considering that schools were closed and during a catastrophe, which has curtailed other forms of entertainment.

The station will be allowed to air as soon as the Authority confirms that the station has met all current and best practices. Authorities have also fined Ksh500,000 for non-compliance with the facility, which has remained in good condition for more than 120 days.

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Ag. CA Director General said the Authority considered the poor measures imposed by the Mt Kenya Television Station to prevent a recurrence.

As a result, the Authority has ordered the center to review its internal control over access to the queue system and schedule its plans to prevent recurrence of violations, and submit evidence to the ICT regulator within a week.

At the same time, the broadcaster is instructed, within a week, to provide its employees with the necessary training on the Program Code, and through its editorial policy to comply with child protection laws.

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Mt Kenya TV is further directed to ensure that all its broadcasts are rated and classified by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and adheres to intellectual property rights in accordance with the requirements of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), and submit evidence to the Authority within a week.

The station is also tasked with ensuring that its broadcasters are accredited and educated on the Ethics of a Journalist and the Media Council of Kenya within one month, and submit evidence to the Authority.

In addition, the Licensee is directed to address, within one month, all matters pending compliance as set out in the Authority’s letter of 20 January 2021.

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In a nutshell, Mount Kenya Television acknowledged the violation, claiming that they had removed the offensive content immediately after identifying the mixed context in their children’s program – Mucii of Ciiana ‘ (which means Children’s House).

The station also revealed that it had apologized on air and its social media pages, and instituted internal disciplinary action against staff suspects. Mount Kenya linked the violation to the ongoing staff change and possible sabotage.

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