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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) formerly Voice Of Kenya is the state-run media organisation of Kenya. It broadcasts in English and Swahili, as well as in most local languages of Kenya. The corporation was launched as radio service in 1928 when Kenya was a British colony, making it was the first radio station in Kenya. The radio station was launched as the East African Broadcasting Corporation (EABC) which relayed BBC news. In 1964, when Kenya became independent, and the corporation’s name was changed to Voice of Kenya. In 1989, the Kenyan parliament reverted the corporation’s back to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

Official websitewww.kbc.co.ke

During the rule of president Daniel arap Moi, KBC became the mouthpiece of the government. Each broadcast opened with a piece on what the president had been doing that day. Under the then president, Mwai Kibaki, KBC took a more objective approach. The corporation helped most of Kenya’s notable journalists especially before the liberalization of the airwaves in Kenya. The pioneer broadcasters post independence were Maurice Mwendah (TV), Simeon Ndesanjo (Radio), Dalail Mzee (Radio), Aziz Yakub, (Radio & TV), and Aish Jenneby (TV).

English service broadcasters who pioneered the service were Peter Clare, David Kelly, Hassan Mazoa, Sammy Lui, Norbert Okare, and Martin Billy Mutta, followed later by Peter Njoroge Mwaura, Elizabeth Omolo, Esther Kanyago, Yakub Ishaq, Amos Njogu amongst many.

In the 80s and 90s names such as Khamisi Themor, Leornard Mambo Mbotela, Omuga Kabisae, Ngulamu Mwaviro, and Enacled Araba, were also heard. The English service had its share of KIMC graduates, Serah Kihara, Gladys Erude. John Karani Wanjiru Kago Johnstone Omurunga, also opportunities were accorded to other KBC Technical employees such as Ike Mulembo,William Kiamba,Larry Wambua and others on the English Service.

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The modern day KBC boasts of presenters like Rashid Mwamkondo, Cynthia Anyango, Rebecca Cherotich, Beatrice Gatonye, O’ Brien Kimani, Isaac Lemoka, Edward Kabasa, Catherine Ndonye, John Karani. Some of the renown producers are Geoffrey Onditi, Julia Wanjiku, Weldon Kirui, Nagayo Nura, Wamoyi Merciella, Ben Kamuti among others.

After many decades of dominance in the Kenyan market, KBC has been overtaken in programming content and ratings, especially with the advent of private TV stations and digital satellite television in the early 2000s. These new platforms brought more content options by airing classic TV shows (sitcoms, action thriller series, weekend movie nights), more children’s entertainment (more allocation time and wide variety), and more refined local content. KBC has however fought back and is among the leading stations in Kenya. KBC was particularly praised for being neutral in the coverage of the 2022 general elections. The KBC digital platform is very active and it has given a boost to its traditional media i.e. Radio and Television. The digital department is headed by Jared Ombui who was a presenter at KBC English Service. The newly elected government of President William Ruto promised to help KBC to overcome it’s financial challenges. KBC is expected to be upgraded in parastatal rankings. This is expected to boost morale among its staff.

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KBC aired the popular Vitimbi comedy and drama show for more than 30 years before the show was taken off air on the national broadcaster in 2015

History of KBC

  • 1924: English radio broadcasting began. The broadcasts targeted white settlers who monitored news from their home and other parts of the world.
  • The first radio broadcasts targeting Africans came during the Second World War to inform parents and relatives of African soldiers what was happening at the war front.
  • 1953: The first broadcast service was created for Africans. African Broadcasting Services carried programmes in Kiswahili, Dholuo, Kikuyu, Kinandi, Kiluhya, Kikib and Arabic.
  • 1954: Kenya Broadcasting Services was established. Regional stations were set up in Mombasa (Sauti ya Mvita), Nyeri (Mount Kenya Station) and Kisumu (Lake Station).
  • 1961: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was formed to take over broadcasting services from the government controlled Kenya Broadcasting Services.
  • 1962: Television was introduced in Kenya. The first transmitting station was set on a farm house in Limuru and the station transmitted to a radius of 24 kilometres (15 mi).
  • 1 July 1964: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was nationalised into Voice of Kenya through an Act of Parliament.
  • 1978: Kenya television transitioned to colour.
  • 1980: a new television station opened in Mombasa to relay programmes and produce local dramas, music, cultural and other programmes
  • 1989: the Voice of Kenya changed back to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation through an Act of Parliament.
  • 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.
  • 1991: KBC signed a contract with Marubeni Corporation of Tokyo, Japan for upgrading of medium wave transmitting stations and construction of new ones.
  • 1993: KBC embarked on a major modernisation project to upgrade its transmitting station, construct new ones and improve on switching and routing network.
  • 1996: KBC commissioned Metro FM as a 90% music radio.
  • September 2000: KBC commissioned Metro Television as a sports and entertainment channel.
  • December 2000: KBC started Coro FM, transmitting in Kikuyu language to Nairobi and Mount Kenya Region.
  • 2001: Pwani FM was started to cater to the Coast Region.
  • 2009: Signet subsidiary is first launched.
  • 2021: KBC TV rebranded. A line-up of changes were unveiled, including a new logo. The station brought on board fresh faces and returned former news presenters including Catherine Kasavuli, Fayyaz Qureishi, Badi Muhsin, and Pauline Sheghu.

List of all KBC Radio stations in Kenya

StationLanguageLaunch dateWebsite
KBC English ServiceEnglish1928kbcenglish.co.ke
KBC Western ServicePokot and Teso1952
Radio TaifaSwahili1953
KBC Eastern ServiceTurkanaRendilleBurji, and Borana1972
Coro FMKikuyu2000corofm.co.ke
Pwani FMSwahili for the Coastal region2001pwanifm.co.ke
Nosim FMMaasai2011
Minto FMKisii2011
Kitwek FMKalenjin2011
Mwago FMMeru2011
Mayienga FMLuo2011
Mwatu FMKamba2012
Ingo FMLuhya2012
Iftiin FMSomaliiftiinfm.co.ke
Bula cadaan FMSomali

List of all KBC Programs


Imported shows

Animated shows

Soap Opera

  • Corazon miente


Domestic shows


  • Joy Bringers
  • Sing and Shrine

Soap Opera

  • Tausi


  • Children’s Variety Show



  • Kiini Macho

Imported shows

Animated shows

Children’s Programmes





Soap Opera



Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Journalists

1. Leonard Mambo mbotela

2. Anunda sakwa Isaac

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3. Ndinda kasalu

4. Elizabeth obege

5. Jack oyo selvester

6. Bill omala

7. Khadija Ali

8. Said Ali matano

9. Ali salimanga

10.Pouline shegu

11.John karani

12. Jacob mugoa

13. Hamisi Temo

14. Helena shiveka

15. Dancan irungu

16. Jacob William Maunda

17. Kimeli arap kimei

18. Bandi muhsiin

19. Fred obachi

20. Jeff mwangeni

21. Willie mwangi

22. Michael wandera

23. Emmanuel Juma

25. Edward kadilo

26. Jona Ngare

27. Gulam mwaviro

28. Mustafa iddi

29. Martin king’asia

30. Frances kimani

31. Amina Faki

32. Loree Lolio

33. Peter kimeu

34. Eric Ndeche

35. Esther Githui

36. Torome Tirike

37. Wilikister muga

38. Dayo Yussuf

39. James onyango Joel

40. Sophie clay

41. Richard chacha

42. Alex chamwada

43. Sakina Mohamed

44. Ambiya irsiy

45. Stephen kikumu

46. Benard maranga

47. Nginyah Ngaruma

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