Posted on: 23rd November 2018
CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi (right) with Mr. Michael Katundu (Director IT&ERM) Ms. Mercy Wanjau (Assistant Director Regulatory Affairs and Governance) and Mr. Matano Ndaro (Director CTMA) during the breakfast meeting held with the broadcasting industry stakeholders
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is set to review the Programming Code to enhance the regulatory environment in the broadcasting sector.
The CA made the announcement today during the launch of its third annual broadcasters Kuza Awards scheduled to be held in May 2019.
During the launch, broadcasters were apprised of the criteria and award categories for the 2019 edition of the Kuza Broadcasting Awards.
The ICT sector law mandates the Authority to prescribe a Programming Code that sets the standards for the time and manner of programmes to be broadcast by licensees. The current Code was developed in 2015 and came to force in 2016.
The review is part of the Authority’s commitment that the Programming Code should be reviewed every two years.
Speaking at a meeting with broadcasters, Communications Authority of Kenya Director
General Mr. Francis Wangusi said the review is inline with the Government’s policy objective of facilitating the development of a responsive and responsible local broadcasting industry.
“The Authority will, within the current financial year, facilitate the review of the Programming Code in order to enhance the regulatory environment. As the industry affected most by the Code, we welcome all broadcasters to participate and provide inputs during the review process,” Mr. Wangusi said.
Mr Wangusi noted the review is meant to ensure that the measurable parameters of the Code are updated regularly.
Today’s launch of the third edition of the annual broadcasters awards marks the beginning of preparations for the 2019 event. The award scheme was started by the Authority in 2017 to fete broadcasters who excelled in meeting the programming standards set out in the law and the programming code.
This year, the Authority through the Kuza Broadcasting Awards, seeks to reminisce the broadcasting journey in Kenya, which spans almost a century, from the very first broadcast in 1924.
There will be three award categories: Regulatory Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Mahujaa Awards.
The awards in this category will be based on CA’s review of all broadcast licensing areas during the FY 2018/19 activities as follows:
- Broadcast content monitoring
- Inspection of broadcasters facilities
- Compliance returns
- Complaints handling and resolution
- Adherence to License conditions
Peoples Choice Awards
- Favorite Radio
- Favorite FTA TV
- Favorite Subscription/Pay Broadcasting service
- TV station covering News – Objective & Fair
- Radio station covering News – Objective & Fair
The awards in this category will be based on the nominees’ contribution to the Kenyan broadcasting environment through innovation, investment, professionalism and impact on the Kenyan society. This category will utilize peers, jury and impact to celebrate our ‘Mashujaas’ in Kenya’s broadcasting journey – 1924-2019
‘‘This award aims at motivating broadcasters to devote their energies and resources to offer quality services to the consumer, considering the strong influence broadcasting exerts to society on language, culture, morals, values, and our worldview,’’ said Mr. Wangusi.
Winners shall be feted at an Awards Gala on 23rd May 2018.