Top Kenyan TV Anchors Who Have Joined China-Owned Station 

  • CGTN anchors from left: Grace Kuria, Ramah Nyang' and Beatrice Marshall
    CGTN anchors from left: Grace Kuria, Ramah Nyang' and Beatrice Marshall
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  • The Kenyan media industry has seen a lot of developments with changing of structures, the entrance of new media houses as well as TV anchors and reporters moving from one station to another in search of greener pastures.

    One such station that made an entry into the Kenyan market is China Global Television Network (CGTN) which has its Africa division (CGTN Africa) based in Nairobi Kenya - formerly known as CCTV.

    Over the years, the China-owned station has gone on to employ some of the talented Kenyan journalists in the industry with the goal of promoting a cultural connection between Africa and China.

    A news anchor at CGTN studio during a broadcast
    A news anchor at CGTN studio during a broadcast
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    Here are some of the Kenyan anchors who have gone on to join CGTN:

    Beatrice Marshall

    Marshall was arguably one of the very first anchors to join CGTN. 

    Prior to joining the station, Beatrice was the Deputy Managing Editor of KTN and also served as the channel’s chief anchor. 

    CGTN anchor Beatrice Marshall
    CGTN anchor Beatrice Marshall
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    At CGTN, Marshall has gone on to build her African profile anchoring  'Africa Live', a daily News program, and hosts 'Talk Africa'.

    In her career, spanning over 15 years, the veteran journalist has interviewed 17 sitting African heads of state. 

    Grace Kuria

    In January 2021, Grace Kuria announced her resignation from KTN during a live TV broadcast which surprised many viewers. 

    She had worked at the station for two years since 2019 after she was poached from K24 TV

    Following her resignation, there were reports that she would be moving to CGTN. She would later confirm the rumours.

    Kuria shared a photo of herself at the Chinese-owned media house premises.

    File image of CGTN News Anchor Grace Kuria.
    File image of CGTN News Anchor Grace Kuria.
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    Ramah Nyang'

    Ramah Nyang joined CGTN in 2012 as a business anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he worked in various Kenyan media houses, covering a range of business and political stories.

    While working as an editor and an anchor at KTN, he was the brains behind a weekly show which analysed Kenya's political topics.

    Nyang' was known for his in-depth coverage of Kenya's ICC case.

    At CGTN, he has covered developments in Kenya’s Capital Markets, Fiscal and Monetary Policy over the years.

    CGTN Business reporter Ramah Nyang'
    CGTN Business reporter Ramah Nyang'
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    Peninah Karibe

    Peninah Karibe has been in the media industry since 2000. She worked at KBC Radio and later moved to NTV where she was a weather presenter and later a news anchor/ reporter.

    She joined CGTGN then known as CCTV in October 2011 as a news anchor for Africa Live.

    She has covered various significant events such as Kenya’s 2007 General Election, 2010 Constitution Referendum and eventual promulgation, South Sudan’s Independence Referendum and Independence in 2011, Uganda Elections in 2011.

    Other than current affairs she did special reports on Environment and Wildlife conservation including lion collaring exercises, buffalo translocation, and how human activities may have contributed to the drought that hit Kenya in 2009 and the impact on the country’s tourism industry.

    Peninah Karibe at CGTN Africa studios.
    Peninah Karibe at CGTN Africa studios.
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    Saddique Shaban

    Saddique Shaban formerly worked as a Sports News Reporter/ News Anchor at KTN from 2005 to 2013.

    He later joined CGTN where is the current Sports Editor and Reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya.

    When not chasing athletes around for interviews, he can be found in the rally championships. He is a licensed navigator and an award-winning motorsport journalist.

    He is also a corporate MC and a sports consultant for a number of elite Kenyan athletes.

    Saddique Shaban reports for CGTN from Cairo Egypt on July 12, 2019.
    Saddique Shaban reports for CGTN from Cairo Egypt on July 12, 2019.
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    Enock Sikolia

    Enock Sikolia joined CGTN in 2020, leaving Citizen TV after two years.

    Prior to that, he was a reporter at NTV where he became a senior reporter after covering Kenya’s 2013 & 2017 and Tanzania’s 2015 general elections.

    Sikolia soon began doing in-depth and investigative stories on matters of governance, health, environment and wildlife. His award-winning reports have often left an impact and policy changes in Kenya.

    Sikolia has received awards and recognition including the 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the year award, the 2018 & 2019 Annual Journalism Excellence Awards and the 2020 Presidential Order of Service Award.

    Sikolia has professional training in Investigative Journalism at RNTC, Netherlands and War Journalism from Anadolu and Turkish special forces.

    Enock Sikolia
    Enock Sikolia filming one of his environmental pieces
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    Jane Kiyo

    Before joining CGTN, Jane Kiyo was a news anchor at NTV and Citizen TV.

    She is currently a general news reporter for CGTN Africa. Jane has covered a wide range of issues in Kenya and Africa with an interest in politics.

    She was well known for her coverage of Kenya’s 2002 and 2007 General Elections and the post-election violence as well as the presidential elections in Rwanda.

    CGTN reporter Jane Kiyo
    CGTN reporter Jane Kiyo
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