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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) is the state-run media (Radio and Television) organization of Kenya. It broadcasts in both 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. It is hypothesized by most Kenyans that the to-and-fro change in corporation's name was initially caused by bad relations between Kenya and Britain after Kenya's independence, but most Kenyans later felt that the former name was more appropriate due to its similarity to the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation.

During the rule of former president Daniel arap Moi, KBC became the official mouthpiece of the government. Each broadcast opened with a piece on what the president had been doing that day. Under the current president, Mwai Kibaki KBC takes a more objective line. The corporation helped mould most of Kenya's notable journalists especially before the liberalization of the airwaves in Kenya. One such journalist is Leonard Mambo Mbotela whose name has for a long time been synonymous with KBC radio's Idhaa ya Kiswahili (Swahili Service). Others before him included the late Job Isaac Mwamto,Amina Fakhii, Khadija Ali, and the late Stephen Kikumu, who was one of the forefront pioneer broadcasters.In the English service prominent broadcasters who pioneered the service were Hassan Mazoa, Sammy Lui, followed later by the likes of Peter Njoroge, Elizabeth Omolo and in the prime hey days of the service in the 70s were Abdulhaq and George Opiyo.

History of KBC

  1. English Radio Broadcasting begun in 1928. The Broadcasts targeted white settlers who monitored news from their home and other parts of the world.
  2. The first radio broadcasts targeting Africans came during the 2nd World War to inform parents and relatives of African soldiers what was happening at the war front.
  3. In 1953, the first broadcast service was created for Africans. African Broadcasting Services carried programmes in Kiswahili, Dholuo, Kikuyu, Kinandi, Kiluhya, Kikamba and Arabic
  4. In 1954, the Kenya Broadcasting Services (KBS) was established. Regional stations were set up in Mombasa (Sauti ya Mvita), Nyeri (Mount Kenya Station) and Kisumu (Lake Station).
  5. In 1961, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) was formed to take over broadcasting services from the government controlled Kenya Broadcasting Services
  6. In 1962, Television was introduced in Kenya. The first transmitting station was set on a farm house in Limuru and the station transmitted a radius of 15 miles.
  7. On 1st July 1964, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was nationalized into Voice of Kenya through an Act of Parliament.
  8. In 1978, Kenya television transitioned to color
  9. In 1970, a new television station opened in Mombasa to relay programmes and produce local dramas, music, cultural and other programmes
  10. In 1989, the Voice of Kenya changed back to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation through an Act of Parliament.
  11. In 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.
  12. In 1991, KBC signed a contract with Marubeni Corporation of Tokyo, Japan for upgrading of medium wave transmitting stations and construction of new ones.
  13. In 1993, KBC embarked on a major modernization project to upgrade its transmitting station, construct new ones and improve on switching and rooting network.
  14. In 1996, KBC commissioned Metro FM as a 90% music radio
  15. In September 2000, KBC commissioned Metro Television as a Sports and entertainment channel
  16. In December 2000, KBC started Coro FM, transmitting in Kikuyu language to Nairobi and Mount Kenya Region
  17. In 2001, Pwani FM was started to cater to the Coast Region

List of KBC programs

  • Adventures of Jet Jackson
  • Africa Soccer
  • Angaza
  • Atlantis High
  • BBC News
  • Boxing KOTV
  • Cartoon Time
  • CCTV Feature
  • Celebration Time
  • Chakula Bora
  • Classic Movie
  • Club 1
  • CNBC News
  • Code 254
  • Constituency Development Fund
  • Constituency Profile
  • Dallas
  • Damka
  • Divas
  • Dr. Who
  • Dunia Wiki Hii
  • Ernest Angley Ministry
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Flipper
  • Generations
  • Gillette World Sports Special
  • God's Power Church
  • Good Morning Kenya
  • Gospel Hour
  • Grapevine
  • Hope in Him
  • Initiative Africa
  • Insight
  • It Might Be You
  • Jee Huu Ni Ungwana
  • Jesus Christ Center
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries
  • KBC Lunchtime News
  • KBC News Briefs
  • Kenny and Dolly
  • Kenya This Week
  • Kero
  • Kids Unlimited
  • Kivunja Mbavu
  • Know Your Policeman
  • Kuna Nuru Gizani
  • Late Night Movie
  • Late Night News
  • Makutano Junction
  • Miracle in the Village
  • Morning Prayer
  • Mukhtasari Wa Habari
  • Neno Litakuweka Huru
  • Nguvu Zake Mwenyezi Mungu
  • Nilus The Sandman
  • On The Mic
  • Pacific Drive
  • Planet Earth
  • Plot 10
  • Power in the Word
  • Rainbow Surprise
  • Real Kids Real Adventures
  • Rebecca
  • Reflections
  • Rehema Za Mungu
  • Revival Times
  • Sad Love Story
  • Santuri
  • Solution For Stress
  • Spanish La Liga
  • Studio 53
  • Taarifa
  • Tabibu Cures
  • The 700 Club
  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • The Collector
  • The Tyra Banks Show
  • This Week in History
  • Together on the Move
  • Trek: Spy On
  • Turning Point
  • Ukumbi Wa Kiislamu
  • Universal Church
  • Vitimbi
  • Vokal
  • Walker Texas Rangers
  • Weekend Movie
  • Winning Ways
  • WWE Smackdown
  • WWE Wrestling
  • Yawezekana

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