The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has ordered Mount Kenya Television to shut down for four weeks after broadcasting inappropriate content on children’s program.
The tough order was released in a statement on Wednesday, April 28 by the authority noticing that the TV channel had owned by Slopes Media House Ltd, had violated programming standards.
“Last week, the authority received a complaint against Mt Kenya TV channel, a vernacular station owned by M/s Slopes Media House Ltd, over the airing of inappropriate content on April 19 at 2 pm.”
“Upon preliminary assessment, the authority noted that the TV channel had during its, ‘Mucii was Ciiana’ programme, featured an animated movie, entitled Free Jimmy, containing scenes of sexually explicit content, drug abuse, robbery and violence in blatant breach of the programming code, and the ICT sector law,” part statement signed by acting CA director-general Mercy Wanjau read.
According to Wanjau the station airy the explicit content on April 19 at 2pm when most children are at homy citing that schools are closed.
Wanjau said they called the Stations management for questioning on April 22.
The authority disclosed that the station admitted to their mistakes but failed to explain how the inappropriate leaked to their servers.
The regulator disclosed that the station went against part IV (19) and (20) of the Kenya, Information and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations of 2009 that bar airing of sexual contents explicitly and offensively.
Mount Kenya Television was then suspended for four weeks start on Wednesday, April 28.
The authority further charged the channel a fine of Ksh500,000.
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