In a newspaper advertisement the commission named seven sites in Nanyuki, Menengai Hill, Narok, Maili Nne in Nyahururu, Kilifi, Kitui and Mwingi as areas where Royal Media Services’ Citizen Television was operating radio frequency transmitters which were not licensed.
“CCK wishes to remind all licensed frequency users that all radio frequency transmitters must be operated under a license whose conditions must be adhered to,” reads the advertisement.
The commission has now warned the broadcaster that it will not hesitate to take measures at its disposal should it not cease operating the seven transmitters, threatening the broadcaster with a fine and even jail terms.
“In accordance with the Kenya Information and Communications Act, CAP. 411A, operation of radio services without a licence is an offence that attracts a fine of Kshs.5 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both,” the advertisement said.
Royal Media Services has found itself at loggerheads with the CCK, with a court case currently ongoing at the High Court, with a magistrate's court already having granted the regulator permission to confiscate the transmitters.