Govt now forms taskforce to revamp KBC

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The government has moved to revamp the debt-ridden Kenya Broadcasting Corporation to make it competitive and meet its obligation as a public broadcaster.
In a gazette notice, the government has formed a taskforce to looked into KBC’s systems and recommend within three months on how the pubic broadcaster can be revamped.
Members of the taskforce are Francis Munywoki, Judy Munyinyi, Waithaka Waihenya, Daniel Obam, Lorna Irungu and Kepha Bosire. Charity Kagiri and Lydia Rotich will serve as joint secretaries to the tasksforce, which will operate from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology offices at Teleposat Towers.
“The terms of reference of the taskforce are to study, examine and review strategies, structures, processes and systems within Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and advice on their appropriateness,” reads the gazette notice signed by ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru.
The public broadcaster is in a financial mess and has failed in its financial obligations, among them remittance of statutory deductions from its employees. Recently, the Nairobi City County government blocked KBC’s main gate over unpaid rates running into billions of shillings.
The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) a month ago, raised its concerns in a letter to Mr Mucheru over the sorry state of affairs at the KBC and demanded immediate government intervention to forestall the crisis.
In the letter, KUJ demanded that the ministry comes out with a plan on how KBC will get funds from the exchequer just like other parastals to enable it to play its crucial role.
The public broadcaster is also struggling to compete with private media, which have financial muscles to invest in modern equipment and tap into top talents in the market.

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