MultiChoice Kenya (MCK) is a joint venture between MultiChoice Africa and the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), a partnership that was cemented in 1995.
Kenyan audiences have a choice of five DStv packages with a total of more than 150 channels, as well as five GOtv digital terrestrial (DTT) packages. Broadcasting 24/7, the Maisha Magic Plus (DStv Channel 163) and Maisha Magic East channels (GOtv channel 4) are packed with compelling home-grown content, much of it commissioned by M-Net in Kiswahili.
Operating from a new headquarters in Nairobi and ten offices across the country, the business has over 300 permanent employees and a direct and indirect impact on the Kenyan economy of more than US$573 million for the period 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2019.
How we create social value
MultiChoice Kenya continues to make a significant contribution to the Kenyan economy. In addition to direct employment, MultiChoice Kenya now works with a network of 340 dealers, 282 supermarkets, 1296 installers, direct sales force comprising 276 agents and 212 dealer support sales agents, as well as 2 408 small businesses that help us deliver world class entertainment to hundreds of homes across the country, every day.
We have injected US $203.6 million throughout the value chain. In addition to this, we have paid a total of US $17.5 million in direct taxes, while US $69.6 million has been paid in indirect taxes.
Growing Kenya’s creative industries
We opened state-of-the-art M-Net and SuperSport studios, operating as Local Productions (Kenya) Limited in 2013, at a cost of US$10 million, which have delivered a great deal of East Africa’s best drama and actuality programming to the homes and hands of customers. In just one year, we commission or licensed scores of local shows and many feature-length films, a key driver of the success of the Riverwood film phenomenon. More than 150 Kenyan production companies supply content to DStv, employing writers, directors, editors, actors and all manner of technically-skilled individuals.
Reuben Odanga, Producer, Selina
I find myself in a [film] industry that has no template. MNET and MultiChoice understand content and are not afraid of new ideas. They have offered trainings and waled the journey with us.
My life was hard being a young girl. As I grew up, my dream was to be a business lady and have a good life. MultiChoice Kenya has played a big role in my business. Out partnership with them has enabled us to sell their equipment, collect subscriptions and train other people whom we have empowered to open their business.
Grace Kimani , Director , Blessed Electronics
Timothy Musyoki, Actor, Jela 5-Star
Growing up in the ghetto, there was a lot of crime due to poverty. I got a big break on Jela 5-star which gave me lots of confidence and MultiChoice has helped me a lot.
MultiChoice helped us to grow while enabling the [film and content] industry to run itself.
Fareed Khimani, Director, NusuNusu Productions
Enriching Kenyan lives
Part of our mission to enrich lives starts within the industry by nurturing tomorrow’s entertainment talent. We do this through our continued investment in and partnership with the MultiChoice Talent Factory. By fostering a network of skilled Kenyan creatives and collaborators, we ensure that the vision started in 1995, lives on.
Executive Management Team
Nancy Matimu – Managing Director
Ruth Omondi – Finance Director
Lucy Mwakalama – Head of CVM
Philip Wahome – Corporate Affairs Manager
Leonard Agufa – Head of Operations
Jacqueline Sagala – Head of Customer Experience and Care
Elsa Lunani – Head of DStv Business
Dickson Muchiri – Head of Sales