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TV Stations in Kenya

Kenya enjoys a more diverse and liberalised media scene than many other African countries, with a large middle class providing a base for substantial advertising revenue.

ln Kenya today, 108 TV broadcast licences have been issued to 46 companies and close to 20 television stations are on air, while 378 radio broadcast licences have been issued to 80 firms, of which 48 stations are  operational.

TV Stations in Kenya

Family and Sayare focus on religious themes. K24 is a 24 hour news and lifestyle channel modelled on Americas CNN.

KBC Channel has more than 90 per cent geographical coverage in the country. KBC also has another channel, which is leased out to a commercial broadcaster and broad-casting as Classic TV.

Like Citizen, KTN and NTV, KBC is also on the DStv MultiChoice satellite platform. Free-to-air channels – KBC, KTN, NTV K24, Family TV, Citizen TV, Kiss TV Classic TV, STV and Sayare TV -are private. One-East African TV – is a pan regional African service and broadcasts from Tanzania.

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TV Stations in Kenya – Citizen TV

Citizen TV Kenya is indisputably the most popular TV station in Kenya. It is Kenya’s biggest television station with a strong focus on local programming. The station targets audience ranges from the affluent urban elite to the lower end Kenyan Citizen on the socio-economic scale and is powered by the Royal Media Services which was the first media company to run a licensed private radio station; Radio Citizen; in Kenya, in 1998 and in addition to Citizen TV, has 11 radio stations. It receives an average of 14.2 hours of viewing per week.

TV Stations in Kenya – NTV

The media sector is always competing within itself for a larger audience and market share. NTV came into being on May 12, 2005 and has gained in the recent times when compared with KTN which inturn, has suffered a lot of losses.

TV Stations in Kenya – QTV

First started on a wobbling note but the station has shown marked improvement since its establishment. With the latest number of hours standing at 6,5 per week, it has left much to be envied by others.

TV Stations in Kenya – KTN

Kenya Television Network (KTN) is one of the major TV stations in Kenya founded in 1990 as the very first non-pay privately owned TV-station in Africa . The head office is located at the Standard Group Centre on Mombasa road. It was quite a popular TV station in the 90s and early 2000 during which the station was remarkable for its aggressive and blunt news coverage but a few years after, the station struggled for a while and is on track for recovery. – Watch KTN live online

TV Stations in Kenya – KBC Channel 1

KBC is the oldest broadcasting TV station in Kenya. They provide the audience with coverage for national issues and the public service sectors. The Corporation enhances development of local cultural values by facilitating the dissemination, preservation and conservation of authentically indigenous values. The station has an average of 6.1 viewers per week.

TV Stations in Kenya – Kass TV

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Kass TV is a Kenyan television channel introduced by Kass Media Group. The group is also behind other media outlets in Kenya including Kass fm, a radio station in Kenya, Kass magazine which also publishes in the United Kingdom, Kass Sports and Kass Entertainments, events and activities management. Kass TV has an average of 5.1 hours of view per week.

TV Stations in Kenya – Kiss TV

Kiss TV Kiss started out locally but has now gone national. The station does not only broadcast music but occasional African movies. If you are looking for entertainment channel in Kenya, Kiss TV is a good place to start. Sports are also featured in their programme including English Premier League (selected matches), The German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League. It receives an average of 4.5 hours per week.

TV Stations in Kenya – GBS

GBS (good News Broadcasting System) started its operations in 2009 and is a Christian TV broadcasting station in Kenya. GBS is a private broadcasting which runs by sponsorship and advertisement revenue. GBS is not just an “all gospel” television network but also has other forms of entertainment including music, movies and documentaries included in their programme as well as shopping tv.

TV Stations in Kenya – Family TV

Family TV is a channel that was established to reach out to Christians. Founded in 1999 and apart from being the pioneer faith channel in Kenya, it is now East and Central Africa’s largest Christian television network and Kenya’s most watched faith channel. Kenya is a Christian country however, this does not mean that Family TV gets the most viewers. It is rather struggling with a 3.1 hour viewership per week.

Kenya TV – K24 TV

K24 TV is among the most popular TV stations in Kenya with an average viewing time of 3.1 hours per week. It is powered by Mediamax Network Ltd which was established in 2009 and now happens to be one of the fastest growing media houses in Kenya. Mediamax group is the holding company for K24 TV, Kameme FM, Meru FM , The People Daily, other Kenya radio stations like Milele FM and Mayian FM.


SAYARE TV Broadcast started out in 2002 with the christian community being the main target. There are also other forms of entertainment broadcast provided in addition to spiritual nourishment.

Kenya TV – UTV

UTV was licensed by the media council of Kenya in 2006 and the station has gone ahead to capitalize on the growing need for entertainment, education and subsequent information. This has given the company an opportunity to identify a market niche for provision of high quality media services in the country. Currently, UTV has grown to capture 1.40% of the total sample base of surveyed Kenyans.

TV Stations in Kenya

TV Stations in Kenya

International TV Stations in Kenya

An international cable television network, CTN, is a pay-per- view service aimed mainly at the upmarket Asian clientele in Nairobi. Oxygen TV  a pay-TV terrestrial channel, also broadcasts in Nairobi.

As many as 40 international channels can be accessed on the MultiChoice satellite pay – TV platform (based in South Africa), with a monthly subscription of about $80 (Sh 6,400). ln addition, international channels such as the BBC and CNN (also available on the MultiCh0ice satellite platform) are routinely re-broadcast on the local Free-to-air stations.

By 2008, Kenya’s regular adult TV audience stood at 15.37 million in a population of close to 40 million. About 12 million children have access to TV