Broadcasters that break the timing rules for broadcasting betting programs could soon run into trouble with the criminal investigation department.
The Kenya Film Classification Board says it has a list of radio and television stations that does not conform to its second quarterly report for this year.
The incumbent KFCB boss Christopher Wambua told the ICT committee of the National Assembly on Tuesday that the board is targeting 11 stations that are broadcasting content – which include betting ads, during prime time.
He didn’t put the stations under his radar but promised the committee under the Chaired by Marakwet West MP. provide William Kisang with the details by close of business Tuesday .
“We are compiling the list for the second quarter to submit to the DCI. We will also forward the list to the Kenya Communications Authority, “said Wambua.
” We believe that there will be some changes as we go down this path to end this carelessness when ventilating watersheds during the day, “said the acting CEO.
He complained that the board was hindered in enforcing the rules, hence the involvement of other government agencies.
” We are continuously monitoring whether companies are breaking the law and will update the list from time to time with enforcement agencies, “the regulator said.
Wambua asked MPs to consider changing the law to” die Brettzähne “to deal with violations of the law on the classification of content, which in his opinion is common at betting companies.
” We give our report to other agencies because we don’t issue broadcasting licenses … not even the role of Die Classification of broadcast content is donated, “he lamented.
” We cannot say that we are completely helpless as we have strengthened our inter-agency facilities Collaboration … CA grants licenses and can therefore withdraw them, “said Wambua .
He added that they had been handing out letters to broadcasters to ensure they were within the age limits set for each show, adding that bets are considered adult content that should be broadcast at night.
“All adult topic content is classified as over 18 years of age. By their very nature, gambling is aimed at adults and should be classified as over 18, ”said the official. Platforms.
The House team is conducting an audit of all unlicensed and licensed betting companies involved in broadcast media gaming activities.
MPs are trying to “blame the broadcast media , Betting Companies, Betting Control and Licensing Board, Communications Authority, Kenya Film Classification Board and Telecommunications Companies in Facilitating Betting Crimes. “
MPs are also trying to assess the socio-economic impact of uncontrolled betting activity on Kenyans,” including the associated negative effects ”. . ”
The offer is to mitigate the effects of betting like depression, suicide, irresponsible borrowing that leads to many being listed in credit bureaus, and the psychological effects of betting.
The committee is intensifying the identification of licensed operators who engage in illegal and fraudulent betting activities.
“The committee is trying to identify the administrative, structural and budgetary gaps in the regulation of betting in Kenya and to identify appropriate ones To recommend corrective action “, read the mandate of the committee.
MEPs remain interested in determining the amount of tax revenue that the government has lost through the spread of illegal betting activities.
The investigation aims to bet the existing laws and regulations “to propose new guidelines and legal frameworks to solve the problem”.
Kisang was nominated at the meeting by MPs Silvanus Maritim (Ainamoi), Anthony Kiai (Mukurweini) and Godfrey Osotsi (nominated).
Mari Tim said: “The commission looks helpless because most of them Channels do not appear for classification and appear to be broadcast outside of the turning point. “
” Channels are still sending data that has not been classified … there is dishonesty somewhere … I was expecting withdrawal and prohibition … we have a feeling that someone is not playing their part, “he added.
” Betting ads should be banned altogether or limited to night service. Is this how we should build our country? The vicious circle will not end, ”said Kiai.
Kisang asked the board to accelerate the drafting of the film law to give it more power to enforce the betting rules.
Edited by Henry Makori