Former K24 Anchor Ian Wafula Was Rejected by BBC 4 Times

  • Former K24 anchor Ian Wafula on Wednesday opened up that before landing his new job at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the media house had rejected him a record four times.

    Through his Instagram account, Wafula expressed his gratitude for the opportunity disclosing that he would be starting soon as a broadcast journalist for News Review.

    "I’d like to call it my new home but it’s bigger than that, the next step in my career. I’ve seen God’s manifestation in this process having been rejected 4 times after endless tests and gruelling interviews," he narrated.

    Wafula went further thanking all those who supported him in his career and those who encouraged him, sending a special message to former NTV anchor Larry Madowo.

    [caption caption="Former K24TV anchor Ian Wafula at BBC East Africa Bureau in Nairobi on 1/8/2018"][/caption]

    "Thanking my family and close friends for standing by me. Special thanks to Larry Madowo for the three challenging words “You deserve better” that took me off my comfort zone to yearn for greater," he added.

    Earlier last week, Ian announced that he was quitting his job at the Media Max-owned station. 

    "Last day at K24 TV. It has been a great 3 years hosting Alfajiri, The Daily Brief and covering 2017 Elections. Great team turned family. Looking forward to my next move," he stated.

    A number of journalists have joined the international media house among them; Larry, Peter Mwangangi and Hudheifa Aden from NTV, Bonney Tunya (CNBC Africa), Mercy Kandie and Sylvia Chebet (Citizen TV) and Zawadi Mudibo (K24 TV).

    The latest assault comes as BBC expands its regional operations.

    During its career day in September last year, BBC World Service, its radio arm, stated it was preparing to hire more than 100 staff members in the East African region by early this year, in one of its ambitious expansion plans.

    [caption caption="BBC journalists from left: Larry Madowo,Zawadi Mudibo, Charles Gitonga, Hudheifa Aden, Peter Mwangangi, Bonney Tunya"][/caption]

    Currently, BBC employs more than 300 natives in the East African region compared to more than 200 in the West African region.

    The company has also been working on its new production studios that will employ over 200 people.