KENYA’S PUBLIC BROADCASTER TO START AIRING LIVE PARLIMENTARY COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS

NAIROBI– National broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) will soon start broadcasting live parliamentary committee proceedings.

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Broadcasting toured the KBC headqiuarters here Thursday to engage the management on how best to improve coverage of parliamentary business but management decried inadequate finances as the main challenge inhibiting its broadcasting coverage.

MPs and management concurred on the need to extend the parliamentary live coverage to accommodate committee sittings. Currently KBC airs live plenary proceedings both from the National Assembly and the Senate, on TV and its Idhaa ya taifa radio station.

Three vernacular FM stations also broadcast summaries of the business transacted in but the MPs are concerned that the digital platform where Bunge TV and sSnate TV are hosted is only available in Nairobi and its surroundings.

The KBC management cited inadequate funding as the main challenge derailing service delivery.

For the last financial year, the national broadcaster received roughly 400 million shillings (about 3.97 MILLION us DOLLARS) from the national government against a request of 3.0 billion shillings, hampering investment in broadcast infrastructure.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK