CA cancels radio frequencies for CAPITAL FM, NRG among 60 other stations

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has cancelled frequencies of 60 local radio stations among them Capital FM and NRG over failure to comply with the relevant requirements.

In a notice published on a local daily, CA director-general Ezra Chioba noted that failure to comply with licensing requirements as notified in writing to the affected broadcasters and applicant listed within 30 days will imply that the affected party is no longer interested in providing the said services.

The Authority says it will go ahead to revoke the assigned FM frequency(s) and shut down the associated broadcasting services.

In accordance with Section 46C of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, it is illegal to provide any form of broadcasting service in Kenya without a license issued by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). 

Contravention of this requirement attracts a fine not exceeding KShs. 1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both.

CA is the regulatory authority for the ICT industry in Kenya with responsibilities in telecommunications, cybersecurity, e-commerce, broadcasting and postal/courier services. 

CA is also responsible for managing the country’s numbering and frequency spectrum resources, administering the Universal Service Fund (USF) as well as protecting interests of users of ICT services. 

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