New tough media rules in Kenya to be opposed

A major battle looms between the Kenyan Government and broadcasters over new regulations seeking to take back licences and vet programmes. The most significant and potentially controversial change by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) appears to be a proposal to introduce the so-called one frequency per spot rule.

Its effect will be to force some of the major broadcasters to surrender frequencies already in their possession. “All licensees, except the public broadcaster, shall not be assigned more than one broadcast frequency for radio or television broadcasting” in the same coverage area, according to a draft of the rules seen by the Nation.