Government bans Pastor Ng’ang’a’s TV from airing live church programs

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 4 Dec, 2021 17:57 | < 1 min read
Neno Evangelism centre founder Pastor James Ng'ang'a. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) has banned Neno Evangelism Centre from broadcasting its church proceedings with immediate effect.

In a statement seen by K24 Digital on Saturday, December 4, CAK said it's directive will be observed for a period of six months.

"The Communications Authority of Kenya has directed M/S Neno Evangelism Centre, a broadcaster operating as SASA TV, to stop airing live programming with immediate effect," the statement read in part.

According to CAK, the decision was arrived at following investigations of content considered inappropriate aired by SASA TV during the watershed period on October 3, 2021.

"Investigations established that the TV station violated provisions of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, Broadcasting Regulations, 2009, the Programming Code, and Broadcasting License Conditions," CAK argued.

SASA TV has further been directed to ensure it has adequate and qualified personnel who are dully accredited by the Media Council of Kenya.

"The staff must undergo mandatory training on appropriate operations of the Profanity Delay Mechanism system, management of live broadcasts, broadcasting legal framework, consumer protection, and complaints handling," CAK said.

The station has also been ordered to develop and implement adequate controls to ensure compliance with broadcast content standards.

"Non-adherence to these directives may attract further sanctions including revocation of SASA TV's license," CAK said.

The Authority urges all licensed broadcasters to ensure full compliance to broadcasting standards set out in the various provisions of the law.