Media of Kenya
Media in Kenya includes more than 90 FM stations, more than 15 TV stations, and an unconfirmed number of print newspapers and magazines. Publications mainly use English as their primary language of communication, with some media houses employing Swahili. Vernacular or community-based languages are commonly used in broadcast media; mostly radio.
Kenya's state-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation remains the only broadcaster with countrywide coverage. It broadcasts in both English and Swahili plus various vernacular languages. Royal Media services is the largest private national broadcaster with countrywide coverage. It also broadcasts in both English and Swahili plus various vernacular languages. A dozen private radio and television stations have ranges that are limited to the Nairobi area.
The media in Kenya is regulated by a statutory body called the Media Council of Kenya. The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Act, 2007 as the leading institution in the regulation of media and in the conduct and discipline of journalists. It is mandated amongst other to register and accredit journalists, register media establishments, handle complaints from the public and create and publish yearly media audit on the Media Freedom in Kenya. During accreditation the journalists agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Practice of Journalism in Kenya, which was created by media practitioners and stakeholders with the view of making Journalism in Kenya a more professional and respectable field.
KBC, Citizen FM, Kiss FM (pop), Classic FM (classics), Capital FM (rock and pop), Easy FM (R&B), Metro FM(Reggae), X FM(Rock), Homeboyz Radio(Hip hop and R&B) are the popular radio stations in Kenya in terms of listeners and coverage. A number of established private radio stations broadcast in local vernacular languages, including Kameme FM and Coro FM (Kikuyu), Metro East FM (Hindi), Chamge FM, Kass FM and Rehema Radio (Kalenjin), Lake Victoria (Luo), Mulembe FM (Luhya), Mbaitu FM (Kamba), Star FM (Somali).
KBC, NTV, KTN, Citizen TV, K24 are the biggest TV stations in Kenya in terms of coverage and viewers. Recently entertainment TV ventured in the Kenyan airspace with the inclusion of Kiss TV, a 24-hour Music TV Station and Classic TV which airs African content in terms of movies, programs and music.But recently the two joined together.Digital TV is also available in Kenya with the likes of SmartTV and DSTV.
More than 100 applications for radio and television licenses are pending before the Communication Commission of Kenya, which is the independent regulatory authority for the communications industry in Kenya. Its role is to license and regulate telecommunications, radio-communication and postal/courier services in Kenya. Kenya's print media are diverse, ranging from well-respected newspapers and magazines to an expansive tabloid press.
Two independent national newspapers, the Daily Nation, The Standard and regional and specialised papers like Business Daily and The Star feature quality reporting, as does the weekly, The East African, which is published in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala.
Under the Kibaki government, the media have demonstrated greater editorial independence than in previous years, and the number of press freedom abuses has declined. Still, some media policies and incidents continue to inhibit press freedom, e.g., the need to post a costly bond prior to publication and to register afterward. In 2003 the government invoked a restrictive constitutional provision on court coverage to intimidate journalists reporting on a possible political murder. In March 2006, hooded policemen raided the offices of The Standard newspaper and Kenya Television Network, claiming concerns about internal security.
All media houses have websites that they use to convey news and other information.
Kenya has a number of magazines most of which are published monthly and a few are bi-monthly. The magazines cover a range of topics such as business, lifestyle, politics, entertainment, media and other societal issues.
Following is a list of some of the magazines published in Kenya
|African Woman Magazine||Women||–||Sylvia Owori||Sylvia Owori|||
|Africa Medical Review||Health Kenya & Uganda||–||–||–||–|
|Animal Welfare||Animal & Ecosystem||–||–||Gatu Mbaria|||
|Business Post Magazine||Business||–||Alex Gichira||Guchu Ndung’u|||
|CIO East Africa Magazine||Business . Technology . Leadership||–||Kommunication Ultimate Ltd||Zachary Ochieng|||
|Construction Review Journal||Construction||–||–||–||–|
|Diplomat Magazine||Diplomatic||–||Global Village Publishers (EA) Ltd||Kwendo Opanga|||
|The Edition Magazine||Professional||–||Footprints Press Ltd||Susan Wakhungu-Githuku|||
|Expressions Today||Media||–||–||Henry Makori||–|
|Education Watch||Education||Bi Monthly||Shrend Publishers||Joseph Karanja|||
|Homes Kenya Magazine||Kenyan Home Lifestyle||–||Beyond Media||Carole Muchendu|||
|Destination Magazine||Lifestyle||Monthly||Haligonian Investment Ltd||Brennen Matthews|||
|Management Magazine||Management||Monthly||Kenya Institute of Management||Carole Kimutai|||
|Nairobi Law Monthly||Law||Monthly||Ahmednasir Abdullahi||Luke Mulunda|||
|Nairobi Business Monthly||Business||Monthly||Ahmednasir Abdullahi||Luke Mulunda|
|Parent Magazine||Family||Monthly||Stellan Consult Ltd||Eunice Mathu|||
|Passion for Life Magazine||Life||Monthly||Alfred Mutua||Clay Muganda|||
|Pregnant Magazine||Pregnancy||Monthly||Integral Media||Brenda Wangwe||–|
|Sacco Review||Co-operative Movement||Bi Monthly||Peter Silsil||Joseph Karanja|||
|Salon Business Solutions Magazine||–||Afri-Salon Consultants Ltd||Faith Harry||–|
|Small Medium Enterprises Today||Entrprenuer||–||Liason Media||Munene Kaboro|||
|Smartlife||Nakumatt Supermarket||–||Creative Edge||Jenny Luesby|||
|SWARA||Conservation||Quarterly||East Africa Wild Life Society||Nigel Hunter||
Spotlight Magazine | Travel | Quarterly | Haligonian Investment Limited | Shreya Karia | www.sarovahotels.com
|The Agrolink||Agriculture||–||Tropex Limited||Mumassabba Michael|||
|The Corporate Intelligence Africa||Business||–||Talanta Africa Media & Telecommunications Ltd||Bernard Gitonga|||
|The Exchange Magazine||Stock Market||–||East African Securities Exhanges||Donald Ouma||-|
|The Property Zone||Real Estate||–||Property Zone Consulting Ltd||Christine Mweteeli|||
|Travel and Dining||Travel||Quarterly||–||–||–|
|True Love Magazine||Women||Monthly||Carole Mandi||Carole Mandi|||
|Campus Chronicles||College and Youth Lifestyle||Monthly||Chronicles Media Limited||George Magunga|||
|Tupike Magazine||Cooking||–||Lavender Hues Limited||Catherine Muraguri||–||–|
|Unique Homes||Real Estate||–||Unique Homes Magazine Kenya Limited||Kinoti Gatobu|||
All newspapers that are published are usually accomplished with a magazine in every daily edition.
- Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=90
- Function of the Media Council of Kenya http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=34
- "Star FM | The Voice of Nep".
- Kenya country profile. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (June 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- List of Kenyan Magazines
- Media Council of Kenya – Statutory Media Regulator
- Kenya Broadcasting Corporation – a government corporation
- site to listen kenya FM Radio stations Online freely
- Citizen TV - Kenya
- Media and Telecommunication Landscape in Kenya, a infoasaid guide, November 2010, 80 pp.