Between December 2021 and March 2022, the Kenyan Communication Authority granted licenses to at least 30 new community radio stations.
According to a report released on Friday by the Ezra Chiloba-led Authority, there were 28 community radio stations as of December 2021, and that number rose to 58 in March of this year.
“The Authority in its mandate to promote and facilitate the development of a diverse range of broadcasting services in Kenya, while maintaining a competitive broadcasting market, issues licenses to service providers on a continuous basis,” reads the report.
The statistics are included in the Communications Authority of Kenya quarterly report for the financial year 2021/2022.
Additionally, the number of Commercial FM radio stations increased from 122 in December of last year to 154 in March of 2022.
The figures show a sharp increase from the CA quarterly report for December 2018–2019, which listed 42 community radio stations and 131 commercial radio stations in Kenya.
There are many different types of radio stations in the radio industry, both in terms of the audiences they cater to and the areas they cover.