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Popular TV Channel Has Been Suspended By Communication Authority Of Kenya Due To The Following

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) on Wednesday, April 28, has taken strong action against Mt Kenya TV for the latest broadcast of inappropriate content on a children's program.

CAK ordered the station to be off the air from noon on Wednesday, April 28 for a minimum period of four weeks. The channel will only be allowed to return to the air after it has complied with all legal compliance requirements.

In addition, CAK has imposed a fine of Ksh500,000 recognizing that the station has compliance issues that have been escalated for more than 120 days. The official requested that all compliance issues be resolved within 30 days.The channel has been instructed to review the internal controls of the program access to line up and edit its program to prevent recurrence. They will give evidence to the administration within seven days.

CAK has instructed all employees to be trained in program code within seven days. In addition, the channel had to review its editing policy to comply with laws that protect children from inappropriate content.

Mt Kenya TV has also been instructed to ensure that all its presenters are approved by the Media Council of Kenya and that proof of compliance will be submitted to CAK within seven days.

The news comes as Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive Ezekiel Mut "Time to broadcast what is clearly hidden as a children's program is a serious case ... exposing children to the adult experience," Mutua said.

MT Kenya TV has issued an apology to its viewers following concerns raised by Kenyans about explicit content broadcast during the floods.

"We apologize for the adult content shown on one of the children's programs. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that this does not happen," reads the channel's apology.

Mutua however noted that the punishment for the station would also be a lesson in other media outlets.

"It should be noted that although the plan has been scrapped, violations have already taken place as the content has not yet been submitted to the Board for review and classification in accordance with the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of Kenyan law," Mutua said.

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