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How to Register a media house in Kenya

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How to Register a media house in Kenya by Kenyans247(1): Wed Jan 2020 12:10pm
Procedure
To apply for media house registration, the applicant has to contact the Media Council of Kenya offices.
The applicant has to make sure he or she has all the required documents that are required for this process to be successful and it can be found under the "Required Documents" section or this page or at Media Council of Kenya Media House Registration page http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/programs/mck-accreditation/subscription
Payment of appropriate fees should be made and that can be found under the "Fees" section of this page or at Media House Registration page. http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/programs/mck-accreditation/subscription
On Completion of this process, the applicant will receive a written confirmation after the Media Council of Kenya is satisfied that the media house has met the entire requirements for registration.

Required Documents
Media House Registration Form
Copy of Certificate of registration
KRA Pin Number
List of journalists working in the organization

Office Locations & Contacts
Media Council of Kenya
Ground Floor, Britam Centre, Mara/Ragati Road Junction, Upper Hill

P.O. Box 43132- 00100,

Nairobi, Kenya.

Phone: +254 (0) 20 2716265, 2716266, 2737058

Mobile: +254 727 735252, +254 702 558233, +254 702 558234, +254 702 558453

Email: info@mediacouncil.or.ke

Website: http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke


Eligibility
All media enterprises operating in Kenya



Fees
Large media house: KShs. 150,000
Large media house (national reach): KShs. 100,000
Medium media houses: KShs. 75,000
Micro media houses: KShs. 50,000
Small media houses: KShs. 20,000
Small media houses of one media outlet and frequency radius of 40 km: KShs. 10,000
Magazine publishers: KShs. 10,000
Foreign media houses: KShs. 30,000


Documents to Use
Media House Registration Form

Instructions
Different media enterprises as per MCK's categorization:

Large media house - Five or more media outlets with regional reach and or high power frequency with regional reach
Large media house - Five or more media outlets with national reach and or high power frequency with national reach
Medium media houses - Two to four media outlets or medium power frequency
Micro media houses - Two media outlets or low power frequency
Small media houses - One media outlet
Small media houses - One media outlet and frequency radius of 40 km
Magazine publishers
Foreign media houses


Required Information
Name of the media house
Date of establishment
Certificate of incorporation number
KRA PIN number
Type of media
Headquarters details
Details of the organization's contact person
Staff details


Need for the Document
All media enterprises operating in the country particularly in the counties are advised to inform the Media Council of their existence and operation to ensure compliance.

The Media Act 2013 provides that the Media Council of Kenya, the regulator of media in Kenya shall accredit all media enterprises operating in the country. Media enterprise is required a subscription fee for accreditation.



Information which might help
A foreign media house that intends to operate or establish presence in Kenya has to be incorporated in Kenya. There are two options that are available.

It can be incorporated in Kenya as;

a locally incorporated private company; or
registered as a branch office of a foreign company.

External Links
Media House Registration http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/programs/mck-accreditation/subscription

MCK Service Charter http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/publications/mck-service-charter

Media Laws http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/publications/media-laws


Others
The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Council Act 2013 for purposes of setting of media standards and ensuring compliance with those standards as set out in Article 34(5) of the Constitution and for connected purposes. The Council started as a self-regulating body in 2004 to regulate media industry in Kenya but transited through the Media Act 2007 and adopted co-regulation media regulation approach, where board members and the Secretariat while receiving government funds to support some of its activities, remain very independent in their operations and are not subject to any form of control.

The Media Council of Kenya undertakes Annual Accreditation of journalists practicing in Kenya for purposes of compiling and maintaining a register of journalists, media practitioners, media enterprises and media training institutions in Kenya.

One of its main aims is to improve professionalism among journalists as it ensures that all accredited journalists have the right skills to carry out their duties in a professional manner as accorded to by the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya. It also fulfills the Councils mandate to compile and maintain a register of journalists, media practitioners, media enterprises and such other related registers.

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