Ex-KTN, NTV Anchors Making it Big in International Media

  • From Left: Larry Madowo (BBC World), Edith Kimani (Deutsche Welle) and Sophie Ikenye (BBC).
    From Left: Larry Madowo (BBC World), Edith Kimani (Deutsche Welle) and Sophie Ikenye (BBC).
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  • Kenyan TV anchors are household names in their own right as the country tunes in to watch them presenting news during prime time hours.

    Some have gone on to make a mark in international media houses, thriving albeit away from a local audience.

    Here is a look at journalists who have gone to make it big in international media.

    Larry Madowo

    Larry Madowo.
    Larry Madowo.
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    The former NTV anchor left the Nation Media Group in 2018 where he presented news and hosted a popular show 'The Trend'.

    He went on to join BBC Africa as the Business editor, a job he later left in 2019 to further his studies at Columbia University in the US on a journalism fellowship.

    He is currently working as a US Correspondent for the global arm of BBC World and BBC World Service where he has filed reports on the Covid-19 situation in the US and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

    Edith Kimani

    Edith Kimani came to the limelight in 2009 after she emerged the winner of the Presenter Show competition on KTN when she was only 19 years old.

    At the beginning of 2017, Edith Kimani left for Germany to start a new life and career in Berlin as a Deutsche Welle (DW) news anchor. 

    Currently she is the East African correspondent for the station where she covers East African news as a reporter.

    DW reporter Edith Kimani speaking at the CWA investment Summit in December 2018.
    DW reporter Edith Kimani speaking at the CWA investment Summit in December 2018.
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    Edith Kimani

    Alphonce Shiundu

    Alphonce Shiundu has served at Nation Media and Standard Group (SG) in different capacities. At NMG he wrote news stories, features, analyses on politics, public policy, investigations, legislation and economic affairs and got published in Daily Nation, Sunday Nation, Business Daily and while at SG, he led the team in planning and reporting parliamentary and political news for the media group's publications. 

    In 2017, the multimedia journalist joined regional fact-checking organisation Africa Check as the pioneer country editor.

    He has a strong global professional network as a 2017 Chevening Scholar at the University of Westminster, London, and is a 2015 alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Learning Centre in Nairobi.

    While at Africa Check, he introduced fact-checking research to Kenya’s mainstream print and electronic media, including to the Nation Media Group, the BBC and KTN/KTN News television stations.

    Africa Check editor Alphonce Shiundu
    Africa Check editor Alphonce Shiundu
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    Catherine Wambua-Soi

    Catherine Wambua-Soi is Al Jazeera's East and Central Africa producer. She covers Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda.

    She has worked for Al Jazeera since 2008 and covered major stories in the region including Somalia's elections and the assassination bid of the Somali president.

    She has covered the conflict between M23 rebels and the government in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as well as South Sudan's independence and the conflict between rebels and the government in Sudan's Blue Nile region.

    Al Jazeera Correspondent Catherine Soi reporting.
    Al Jazeera Correspondent Catherine Soi reporting.
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    Beatrice Marshall

    Arguably one of the most renowned anchors from KTN, Beatrice Marshall was revered for her powerful bulletins and impactful interviews.

    She however, exited the media house after eight years and joined China Global TV Network (CGTN), formerly known as CCTV,  as a news anchor.

    At the station, she hosts a program called Talk Africa. In this program, Marshall talks to leaders and personalities on the African continent.

    CGTN anchor Beatrice Marshall
    CGTN anchor Beatrice Marshall
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    Sophie Ikenye

    Sophie started her media career at KBC as an intern, before she moved to NTV where she anchored news until her departure in 2009.

    In an interview with a local publication, Sophie stated that she had always wanted to become a news anchor.

    “I quite liked broadcasting when I was growing up. I even practiced being a TV presenter in front of the mirror with a spoon as a microphone!” she disclosed.

    Sophie is now a presenter at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, where she hosts a programme called Focus in Africa

    BBC Anchor Sophie Ikenye
    BBC Anchor Sophie Ikenye
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    "On Focus on Africa, we are passionate about telling the real African stories and finding different ways to tell them on all platforms,” Sophie told a local publication.

    BBC Africa Reporters 

    In 2018, there was a mass exodus of reporters to BBC Africa where a number of anchors and reporters joined the station whose regional headquarters are based in Nairobi.

    Among those who joined the British broadcaster were Zawadi Mudibo, Charles Gitonga, Hudheifa Aden, Peter Mwangangi, Bonney Tunya, Mercy Kandie and Sylvia Chebet.

    K24TV's Ian Wafula also joined the broadcaster where he now hosts a show called the Breakdown.

    Journalist Ian Wafula at the BBC East Africa Bureau in Nairobi on August 1, 2018.
    Journalist Ian Wafula at the BBC East Africa Bureau in Nairobi on August 1, 2018.
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