Role of the Media Council of Kenya on Accreditation of Media Enterprises Operating in Kenya … Click Here to Download the Media House Registration Form.


  • To apply for media house registration, the applicant has to contact the Media Council of Kenya offices.
  • The applicant has to make sure he or she has all the required documents that are required for this process to be successful and it can be found under the “Required Documents” section or this page or at Media Council of Kenya Media House Registration page
  • Payment of appropriate fees should be made and that can be found under the “Fees” section of this page or at Media House Registration page.
  • On Completion of this process, the applicant will receive a written confirmation after the Media Council of Kenya is satisfied that the media house has met the entire requirements for registration.

Required Documents

Office Locations & Contacts

Media Council of Kenya

Ground Floor, Britam Centre, Mara/Ragati Road Junction, Upper Hill

P.O. Box 43132- 00100,

Nairobi, Kenya.

Phone: +254 (0) 20 2716265, 2716266, 2737058

Mobile: +254 727 735252, +254 702 558233, +254 702 558234, +254 702 558453


Website: http://www.mediacouncil.or.keAds by Google


All media enterprises operating in Kenya


  • Large media house: KShs. 150,000
  • Large media house (national reach): KShs. 100,000
  • Medium media houses: KShs. 75,000
  • Micro media houses: KShs. 50,000
  • Small media houses: KShs. 20,000
  • Small media houses of one media outlet and frequency radius of 40 km: KShs. 10,000
  • Magazine publishers: KShs. 10,000
  • Foreign media houses: KShs. 30,000


Different media enterprises as per MCK’s categorization:

  • Large media house – Five or more media outlets with regional reach and or high power frequency with regional reach
  • Large media house – Five or more media outlets with national reach and or high power frequency with national reach
  • Medium media houses – Two to four media outlets or medium power frequency
  • Micro media houses – Two media outlets or low power frequency
  • Small media houses – One media outlet
  • Small media houses – One media outlet and frequency radius of 40 km
  • Magazine publishers
  • Foreign media houses

Required Information

  • Name of the media house
  • Date of establishment
  • Certificate of incorporation number
  • KRA PIN number
  • Type of media
  • Headquarters details
  • Details of the organization’s contact person
  • Staff details

Need for the Document

All media enterprises operating in the country particularly in the counties are advised to inform the Media Council of their existence and operation to ensure compliance.

The Media Act 2013 provides that the Media Council of Kenya, the regulator of media in Kenya shall accredit all media enterprises operating in the country. Media enterprise is required a subscription fee for accreditation.

Information which might help

A foreign media house that intends to operate or establish presence in Kenya has to be incorporated in Kenya. There are two options that are available.

It can be incorporated in Kenya as;

  • a locally incorporated private company; or
  • registered as a branch office of a foreign company.

External Links

Media House Registration

MCK Service Charter

Media Laws


The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Council Act 2013 for purposes of setting of media standards and ensuring compliance with those standards as set out in Article 34(5) of the Constitution and for connected purposes. The Council started as a self-regulating body in 2004 to regulate media industry in Kenya but transited through the Media Act 2007 and adopted co-regulation media regulation approach, where board members and the Secretariat while receiving government funds to support some of its activities, remain very independent in their operations and are not subject to any form of control.

The Media Council of Kenya undertakes Annual Accreditation of journalists practicing in Kenya for purposes of compiling and maintaining a register of journalists, media practitioners, media enterprises and media training institutions in Kenya.

One of its main aims is to improve professionalism among journalists as it ensures that all accredited journalists have the right skills to carry out their duties in a professional manner as accorded to by the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya. It also fulfills the Councils mandate to compile and maintain a register of journalists, media practitioners, media enterprises and such other related registers.

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