Top Radio Stations in North Rift Face Closure over Non-Compliance

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At least 5 radio stations in the North Rift region are at risk of losing operating licenses for failing to comply with set rules and regulations.

This is after the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) commenced regulatory actions against broadcasters and applicants of broadcasting service provisioning licenses for failure to comply with the relevant requirements.   

In a notice dated December 22, 2021, signed by CA Director General Ezra Chiloba, a number of radio stations in the North Rift have been issued with notices of revocation of their FM frequencies.

Radio station set up.

“The Authority has initiated the rejection of license applications for commercial and community radio broadcasting services by the listed 24 applicants for failing to comply with related licensing requirements as prescribed by the Authority such as clearing outstanding regulatory fees among others. The rejection of the applications is accompanied by a notice of revocation of the FM frequencies that are assigned to the applicants,” read part of the notice.

Radio stations from the North Rift that have been issued with notices of revocation of their FM frequencies are;

  • Mitume Radio (Kitale)
  •  Akicha FM (Lodwar)
  • Upendo FM (Eldoret)
  • Radio Umoja (Kabarnet)
List of all the affected stations.

CA has also initiated the cancellation of license offers to 60 applicants for radio broadcasting licenses following their failure to comply with the license offer conditions within the license offer period as prescribed by the Authority.

“The cancellation of license offer is accompanied by a notice of revocation of the FM broadcasting frequencies assigned to the applicants,” noted Chiloba in the notice.

Affected radio stations include Kapenguria-based Kalya FM, Kalenjin station Kong’asis, Moi University-owned MU FM, Kakuma FM, and Bungoma-based Radio Simba.

Other notable radio stations at risk of losing their license include Capital FM, NRG Radio, Radio Sahara, Radio Lake Victoria, and Radio Umoja.

CA Director General Ezra Chiloba.

The affected Radio stations and broadcasters now have 30 days to comply, failure to which they will be shut down.

“TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that failure to comply with licensing requirements as notified in writing to each broadcaster and applicant listed in this notice within 30 days will imply that the affected party is no longer interested in providing the said broadcasting services, and as such, the Authority shall proceed to revoke the assigned FM frequency(s) and shut down the associated broadcasting services without further reference to the broadcaster or the applicant,” Chiloba said in the notice.

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