2 Fired K24 TV Anchors Ink Deal With KBC

  • Two former K24 TV anchors have landed new jobs at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), just a few months after being fired.

    The two anchors; Ahmed Juma Bhalo and Nancy Onyancha, have signed contracts with the national broadcaster, several months after being fired from Mediamax-owned TV station.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Bhalo confirmed that indeed he was joining KBC - and would be anchoring the 7 p.m. news twice a week, but said more details would follow.

    The media personality further noted that his contract would run for a year.

    Former K24 TV Ahmed Bhalo in his office at Richland Properties in Nairobi on Monday, July 6, 2020.
    Former K24 TV Ahmed Bhalo in his office at Richland Properties in Nairobi on Monday, July 6, 2020.
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    "I will be anchoring Swahili prime time news (7 p.m.) twice a week. The days will be communicated later. They will inform me if I will be anchoring on weekdays or weekends.

    "It is a one year contract that is renewable based on performance. They will also provide wardrobe allowance," confirmed Bhalo.

    He further noted that his start date is yet to be communicated.

    Meanwhile, Onyancha, who was expected to sign his contract on Tuesday 16, will sign on Thursday, February 18, as she was out of town.

    The two anchors are part of a new strategy fronted by the station aimed at improving content delivery and grow its audience.

    KBC Boss Naim Bilal confirmed to Kenyans.co.ke that shows like Vioja Mahakamani would be relaunched as part of the new strategy.

    Bhalo began his journalism career at K24 TV as a trainee news anchor and reporter back in 2011.

    Unfortunately he was laid off during a mass retrenchment exercise in August 2013. He then joined KBC where he served as an anchor between mid-2014 to November 2015.

    He resigned from KBC after K24 TV poached him, but was again let go during a mass retrenchment in October 2019.

    Onyancha, on the other hand, was among hundreds of people who were shown the door when K24 TV sent everyone home in 2020 sparing only two people.

    A few days after being fired, Onyancha, in the company of her husband, launched their own media company dubbed Sauti Tajika Productions.

    Former K24 TV news Anchor Nancy Onyancha.
    Former K24 TV news Anchor Nancy Onyancha.