Man charged for operating a radio station without license
A man was on Tuesday arraigned at the Kisumu Magistrates Court for operating a radio station without a valid license.
Austin John was presented with four charges related to setting up a radio station without a valid license, providing radio broadcasting services without a valid license, and two other counts.
Appearing before Justice Joan Wambilianga, the accused pleaded not guilty to all four charges and was released on a Ksh. 100,000 bond.
The prosecution has prepared a lineup of nine witnesses who will testify on September 6.
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In Kenya, obtaining a license from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) is mandatory for setting up a radio station. The type of broadcaster determines the applicable license, which can be a public broadcasting license, commercial or private broadcasting service license, or community broadcasting services license.
Furthermore, if one plans to include copyrighted music content in the station’s broadcasts, he/she must also obtain a license from the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK).