By Juliet Awino
The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has licensed 30 new community radio stations between December 2021 and March 2022.
In a report related today by the Communication Authority, led by Ezra Chiloba, as of December 2021, there were 28 community radio stations and the number increased to 58 in March this year.
“The Authority in its mandate to promote and facilitate the development of a diverse range of broadcasting services in Kenya, while maintaining a competitive broadcasting market, issue licenses to service providers on a continuous basis,” reads the report.
The Commications Authority has simplified the process of registering radio stations to promote the growth of radio stations in Kenya.
To open a community radio station in Kenya, one needs ksh.1,000 as registration fee and an initial licence fee of ksh.5,000. Setting up a public station on the other hand needs ksh.2,500 registration fee and an initial fee of ksh.5,000.