- The channel, owned by Slopes Media Home, was additionally fined Sh500,000 and ordered to take all its employees to the CA inside seven days for coaching on the programming code.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has suspended the licence of vernacular station Mt Kenya TVfor 4 weeks for airing inappropriate content material final week.
The CA stated that the tv station had aired grownup content material throughout the watershed interval within the programme “Mucii wa Ciana” that aired on the afternoon of April 19, which uncovered youngsters to dangerous content material, particularly at a time they’re at dwelling on vacation.
The programme featured an animated film titled “Free Jimmy”, which the communications regulator stated contained sexually specific content material and scenes of drug abuse and violence which breached the Programming Code and ICT legal guidelines.
The channel, owned by Slopes Media Home, was additionally fined Sh500,000 and ordered to take all its employees to the CA inside seven days for coaching on the programming code.
Grownup content material
“Particularly, the authority established that the licensee had aired grownup content material throughout the watershed interval, and at a time when most youngsters have been at dwelling throughout the faculty holidays, thus occasioning grievous hurt to the minors who could have been uncovered to the offensive content material,” the CA stated.
The CA charged the station with violating Half IV (19) of the Kenya Data and Communications (Broadcasting) Laws of 2009 which outlaws presenting sexual issues in an specific and offensive method.
The regulator additionally faulted the station for breaching Half IV (20) of the identical rules which requires licensed broadcasters to keep away from airing content material that’s disturbing or dangerous to youngsters, with offensive language, explicitly sexual or violent materials throughout the watershed hours.
Not rated by KFCB
The CA added that Mt Kenya TV aired content material that has not been categorized or rated by the Kenya Movie Classification Board (KFCB) and had not acquired the requisite mental property rights from the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo) for the content material.
The station, which was summoned by the authority three days after airing the programme, acknowledged that it was aired throughout watershed hours and attributed it to a content material mix-up within the management room.
Nonetheless, the station failed to inform the regulator how the specific content material had ended up within the content material server.
The ban comes barely a month after Homeboyz Radio was fined Sh1 million by the CA over remarks made by its presenters who demeaned a lady who was thrown off a constructing after she declined a person’s sexual advances.