Betting-themed programs could be restricted in media stations

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) could soon adopt measures that restrict or ban betting-themed programs in media stations should recommendations in a soon-to-be-released report is adopted.

The Council notes that in as much as media houses must make profit amidst the Covid19 global pandemic, they must do so within the confines that promote Corporate Social Responsibility governed by ethics.

In the yet to be released Report, the Council noted that the recommendations might ruffle a few feathers, but nevertheless, they must do what they must  to regulate the current betting craze in media houses.

MCK Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo said while the Council seeks to promote media diversity, the unorthodox ways of making money through betting,  needs their intervention.

Omwoyo who spoke  during the Betting Taskforce Report Launch, held in Nairobi, noted that Betting is a serious social problem and as a Council, there is need to protect Kenyans from unscrupulous media houses who do not practice responsible betting and gaming.

The Chairperson of the Betting Task Force Immanuel Juma said terms and conditions of these betting shows must be explained clearly for the listeners and viewers to be able to understand what it entails to engage on such programs. 

 

  

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