Pastor Ng’ang’a’s Sasa TV suspended for 6 months for inappropriate content

Pastor Ng'ang'a of Neno Evangelist Ministry.
Pastor Ng'ang'a of Neno Evangelist Ministry.

The Communications Authority (CA) suspended controversial city pastor James Ng'ang'a's Sasa TV on October 3rd for inappropriate content.

Ezra Chiloba, CA Director-General, said on Saturday that the moratorium will apply for the next six months.

“The Kenya Communications Authority has instructed the Neno Evangelism Centre, a broadcaster operating as SASA TV, to immediately cease broadcasting live programming. This directive will be followed for six (6) months.

The content was recorded in a video clip that went viral, in which Pastor Ng'ang'a commented on his genitals while discussing how his body should be used in the event of death.

"Investigations determined that the TV station violated the provisions of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, Broadcasting Regulations, 2009, the Programming Act, and the Broadcasting License Terms," ​​Chiloba added.

He also directed Sasa TV to ensure that its staff are promptly accredited by the Kenya Media Council, as well as implement in-house policies to ensure compliance with broadcast content guidelines.

“Staff must undergo mandatory training in the proper operations of the Profanity Delay Mechanism system, the management of live broadcasts, the broadcast legal framework, consumer protection and complaints handling,” the CA boss said.

"Failure to comply with these directives may result in further sanctions, including revocation of SASA TV's license."

Amid the turmoil surrounding Ng'ang'a's clip last month, the Kenya Media Council (MCK) challenged Sasa TV "by allowing a host to be... utterly offensive and offensive, making its provisions on accountability, obscenity, taste and style." He promised to take action for violating it. unprintable words in the broadcast. ”

He also denied MCK's explanation, telling Ng'ang that MCK was only responsible to CA and not MCK.

“As far as I know, I am not affiliated with the Kenya Media Council, I am affiliated with CA. We report to CA and I get a letter from them giving me a warning,” he told Ng'ang, but until MCK figured out a better way to address it. He added that the council would send his lawyer to address his concerns.

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