The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today shut down Mt Kenya TV for a period of four weeks for violating of programming standards.
In a statement dated Wednesday, April 28, the regulator stated the television channel owned by M/s Slopes Media aired inappropriate content on April 19 at 2 pm.
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,
-CA director-general Mercy Wanjau
— CA@20 (@CA_Kenya) April 28, 2021
According to Wanjau, the TV station has acknowledged the mistake but failed to explain how the offensive porn content made it to live TV.
The authority said Mt Kenya TV violated part IV (19) of the Kenya, Information, and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations of 2009, which prohibits the presentation of sexual matters explicitly and offensively.
Mt Kenya TV also breached part IV (20) of the same regulations that outlaw the airing of harmful content to children during the watershed period. According to Wanjau, the station further contravened Section 3.3.5 and 3.3.6 of the programming code that outlaws the airing of promotional content that contains violence and one which contains images of strong sexual nature, respectively.
The TV station has also been fined KSh 500,000 for repeated violations.