Larry Madowo's Replacement at BBC Confirmed

  • A photo of Larry Madowo during a past show on NTV.
    Knight-Bagehot fellow Larry Madowo during a past show on NTV.
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  • Journalist Zawadi Mudibo was on Friday, October 30, announced as the Business Editor, BBC Africa, replacing media personality Larry Madowo, who previously held the position.

    In an internal memo, BBC Africa Programmes Editor, Newton Ndebu, announced that Mudibo would fill the position for the next 12 months.

    "He is a talented and dedicated journalist, with over a decade's experience reporting Business News in Africa. 

    "I would also like to express my gratitude to the BBC Africa Business leadership team who, have alongside Zawadi, led the BBC Africa business teams through a protracted leadership transition," reads the memo.

    Journalist's Zawadi Mudibo and Larry Madowo pose for a photo
    Journalist's Zawadi Mudibo (L) and Larry Madowo pose for a photo
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    During the one-year transition period, Mudibo, Peter Wakaba and Clare Muthengi led the Business team on rotation.

    In July last year, Madowo took a one-year sabbatical to study economics at Columbia University, in New York.

    However, he resigned after his studies, taking up a new role as the United States (US) correspondent for the broadcaster.

    “A year after I took a career break, I’m back to reporting. I’m doing a new thing as a US correspondent covering this pivotal moment in America for BBC News (TV) and BBC World Service (radio). 

    "My first story, from inside a COVID-19 ICU, airs today across the BBC,” Larry wrote on his social media pages in July.

    Besides successfully completing the program at Columbia, Madowo was also the recipient of the 2020 Philip Greer Award for Financial Writing thanks to his 9,000-word thesis exploring the aftermath of e-commerce firm, Jumia's listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in April 2019.

    His replacement Zawadi is a bilingual broadcast journalist who has years of experience delivering high impact multi-platform business news content for the African audience.

    Before his career at the International media house, Zawadi was a deputy business editor, senior reporter and anchor at K24 TV.

    "I am a bilingual broadcast journalist with seven years work experience delivering high impact multi-platform business news content for the African audience, working in both rural and urban communities on the continent," reads part of a statement on his Linked in page.

    Larry Madowo.
    Larry Madowo.