Media of Kenya

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Prime Minister Raila Odinga addressing the Kenyan media during the 2007–08 Kenyan crisis.

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.[1] 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.[2] 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. The media is also regulated by the Kenya Film Classification Board, a State Corporation under the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts which is mandated by the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 laws of Kenya to regulate the creation, possession, broadcasting, exhibition and distribution of films in Kenya.


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), Chamgei FM, Kass FM and Rehema Radio (Kalenjin), Lake Victoria (Luo), Mulembe FM (Luhya), Mbaitu FM (Kamba), Star FM (Somali).[3]

However most radio are owned by few media companies. They are KBC, Nation Media Group, Standard Media Group, Radio AFrica Group, Royal Media Service, MediaMax Communication Group etc.


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 tho 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.


There are two independent national daily newspapers, the Daily Nation, The Standard, and two daily free newspapers, X News, and the People Daily. There are also two specialised daily papers, Business Daily and The Star, and one weekly paper, The East African, which is published in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala.[4]

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.[4]


All mainstream media houses have websites that they use to convey news and other information. The rise of online magazines, blogs and websites for Kenyan news is also increasing. Some of the top internet news companies in Kenya include the likes of Ghafla!, a youth entertainment company, Daily Post, DailyPost Kenya, +254 Campus News, inairobi,[5] Kenya Moja, Kahawa Tungu, Buzz Kenya, Mpasho news, Kenya Satellite News Network and many others.


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.[6]

Following is a list of some of the magazines published in Kenya

Title Topic Period Publisher Editor Website
African Woman Magazine Women Sylvia Owori Sylvia Owori [1]
Africa Medical Review Health Kenya & Uganda
Animal Welfare Animal & Ecosystem Gatu Mbaria [2]
Business Post Magazine Business Alex Gichira Guchu Ndung’u [3]
CIO East Africa Magazine Business . Technology . Leadership Kommunication Ultimate Ltd Zachary Ochieng [4]
Construction Review Journal Construction
COUTURE Africa Magazine Fashion . Beauty . Lifestyle Monthly Touch Media House Limited Olive Gachara [5]
Diplomat Magazine Diplomatic Global Village Publishers (EA) Ltd Kwendo Opanga [6]
The Edition Magazine Professional Footprints Press Ltd Susan Wakhungu-Githuku [7]
Expressions Today Media Henry Makori
Education Watch Education Bi Monthly Shrend Publishers Joseph Karanja [8]
Homes Kenya Magazine Kenyan Home Lifestyle - Beyond Media Sam Wanjere [9]
Home Assured Magazine Home and Lifestyle Bi Monthly Home Assured Limited Nelson Mkala [10]
Destination Magazine Lifestyle Monthly Haligonian Investment Ltd Brennen Matthews [11]
Management Magazine Management Monthly Kenya Institute of Management Carole Kimutai [12]
Nairobi Law Monthly Law Monthly Al-Nur Media Africa Ltd Kevin Motaroki [13]
Nairobi Business Monthly Business Monthly Al-Nur Media Africa Ltd David Wanjala
Parent Magazine Family Monthly Stellan Consult Ltd Eunice Mathu [14]
Passion for Life Magazine Life Monthly Alfred Mutua Clay Muganda [15]
Pregnant Magazine Pregnancy Monthly Integral Media Brenda Wangwe
Sacco Review Co-operative Movement Bi Monthly Peter Silsil Joseph Karanja [16]
Salon Business Solutions Magazine Afri-Salon Consultants Ltd Faith Harry
Small Medium Enterprises Today Entrepreneur Liason Media Munene Kaboro [17]
Smartlife Nakumatt Supermarket Creative Edge Jenny Luesby [18]
SWARA Conservation Quarterly East Africa Wild Life Society Nigel Hunter [19]

Spotlight Magazine | Travel | Quarterly | Haligonian Investment Limited | Shreya Karia |

The Agrolink Agriculture Tropex Limited Mumassabba Michael [20]
The Corporate Intelligence Africa Business Talanta Africa Media & Telecommunications Ltd Bernard Gitonga [21]
The Exchange Magazine Stock Market East African Securities Exchanges Donald Ouma -
The Property Zone Real Estate Property Zone Consulting Ltd Christine Mweteeli [22]
Travel and Dining Travel Quarterly
True Love Magazine Women Monthly Carole Mandi Carole Mandi [23]
Campus Chronicles College and Youth Lifestyle Monthly Chronicles Media Limited George Magunga [24]
Tupike Magazine Cooking Lavender Hues Limited Catherine Muraguri
Unique Homes Real Estate Unique Homes Magazine Kenya Limited Kinoti Gatobu [25]

All newspapers that are published are usually accomplished with a magazine in every daily edition.

Other notable companies also publish magazines for their client and publicity and advertisement. Some of these companies are Kenya Airways, Mada Hotels and ICPAK.

All other listed companies in the Nairobi Stock Exchange also publish their annual financial report.


  1. ^ Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya
  2. ^ Function of the Media Council of Kenya
  3. ^ "Star FM | The Voice of Nep".  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ a b Kenya country profile. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (June 2007).Lazarus Albert Community radio This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ inairobi, inairobi. "inairobi" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 23 September 2014.  External link in |website=, |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "List of Kenyan Magazines". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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