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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) is the state-run media organisation of Kenya[1]. It broadcasts in English and Swahili, as well as in most local languages of Kenya. The corporation started its life in 1928 when Kenya was a British colony. In 1964, when Kenya became an independent country, the corporation's name was changed to Voice of Kenya. In 1989, the Kenyan parliament reverted the corporation's name from Voice of Kenya to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
TypeTerrestrial television and radio broadcast network
by the Government of Kenya
Slogan"Kenya's watching."
Broadcast area
OwnerGovernment of Kenya
Launch date
1928 (radio)
1962 (television)
Official website

During the rule of president Daniel arap Moi, KBC became the mouthpiece of the government. Each broadcast opened with a piece on what the president had been doing that day. Under the then president, Mwai Kibaki KBC took a more objective approach. The corporation helped mould most of Kenya's notable journalists especially before the liberalisation of the airwaves in Kenya. One such journalist is Leonard Baraka Mbotela whose name has for a long time been synonymous with KBC radio's Idhaa ya Kiswahili (Swahili Service). Others before him included Job Isaac Mwamto, Amina Fakhii, Ishmail Mohammed,Jacob William Maunda, Khadija Ali, and Stephen Kikumu, was one of the pioneer broadcasters. In the English service broadcasters who pioneered the service were Hassan Mazoa, Sammy Lui, followed later by Peter Njoroge, Elizabeth Omolo and in the prime hey days of the service in the 1970s were Abdulhaq, George Opiyo and Kazungu Katana.

In the 80s and better part of 90s names such as Khamisi Themor, Ali Salim Manga, Daniel Gatei, Billy Omala, Ngulamu Mwaviro, Enacled Araba, Martin Nyongesa King`asia were also heard.


History of KBCEdit

  • 1924 – English radio broadcasting began. The broadcasts targeted white settlers who monitored news from their home and other parts of the world.
  • The first radio broadcasts targeting Africans came during the Second World War to inform parents and relatives of African soldiers what was happening at the war front.
  • 1953 – the first broadcast service was created for Africans. African Broadcasting Services carried programmes in Kiswahili, Dholuo, Kikuyu, Kinandi, Kiluhya, Kikib and Arabic.
  • 1954 – Kenya Broadcasting Services was established. Regional stations were set up in Mombasa (Sauti ya Mvita), Nyeri (Mount Kenya Station) and Kisumu (Lake Station).
  • 1961 – Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was formed to take over broadcasting services from the government controlled Kenya Broadcasting Services.
  • 1962 – television was introduced in Kenya. The first transmitting station was set on a farm house in Limuru and the station transmitted to a radius of 24 kilometres (15 mi).
  • 1 July 1964 – Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was nationalised into Voice of Kenya through an Act of Parliament.
  • 1978 – Kenya television transitioned to color.
  • 1970 – a new television station opened in Mombasa to relay programmes and produce local dramas, music, cultural and other programmes
  • 1989 – the Voice of Kenya changed back to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation through an Act of Parliament.
  • 1989 – a contract was signed between KBC and Japan Telecommunications Engineering consultancy service (JETC) for improvement and expansion of the national medium wave frequency radio broadcasting network.
  • 1991 – KBC signed a contract with Marubeni Corporation of Tokyo, Japan for upgrading of medium wave transmitting stations and construction of new ones.
  • 1993 – KBC embarked on a major modernisation project to upgrade its transmitting station, construct new ones and improve on switching and rooting network.
  • 1996 – KBC commissioned Metro FM as a 90% music radio.
  • September 2000 – KBC commissioned Metro Television as a sports and entertainment channel.
  • December 2000 – KBC started Coro FM, transmitting in Kikuyu language to Nairobi and Mount Kenya Region.
  • 2001 – Pwani FM was started to cater to the Coast Region.

Radio stationsEdit

Station Language Launch date Website
KBC English Service English 1928
KBC Western Service Pokot and Teso 1952
Radio Taifa Swahili 1953
KBC Eastern Service Turkana, Rendille, Burji, and Borana 1972
Coro FM Kikuyu 2000
Pwani FM Swahili for the Coastal region 2001
Nosim FM Maasai 2011
Minto FM Kisii 2011
Kitwek FM Kalenjin 2011
Mwago FM Meru 2011
Mayienga FM Luo 2011
Mwatu FM Kamba 2012
Ingo FM Luhya 2012
Iftiin FM Somali


  1. ^ "CAP. 221". Retrieved 20 February 2018.

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