Citizen TV MD Steps Down as Media Owners Chairman

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    Citizen TV MD Wachira Waruru at a past conference
  • Royal Media Services Managing Director, Wachira Waruru has stepped down from his role as the Media Owners Association (MOA) Chairman after three terms in office. 

    Nation Media CEO, Stephen Gitagama, was elected to the post on Tuesday, April 27 thus replacing Waruru. 

    Gitagama holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. He previously served as a Finance Director at the East African Breweries Limited.

    Other new MOA officials elected into office were  Standard Media Group CEO Orlando Lyomu and Radio Africa Group Chief Operating Officer Agnes Kalekye.

    Nation Media CEO, Stephen Gitagama
    Nation Media CEO, Stephen Gitagama

    Waruru had held office since April 2018 when he was elected into office unopposed during the association's annual general meeting. He succeeded magazine publisher, Dr Hannington Gaya who had also served for three terms. 

    MOA is an authoritative umbrella body that represents the interest of media houses in Kenya. 

    Its members comprise Royal Media Services Limited, Standard Group PLC, Nation Media Group, Capital Group Limited, Ebru Africa Limited, Family Media Limited, Kass Media Group Limited, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Media 7 Group, MediaMax Network Limited, Radio 44, Radio Africa Group, Switch TV, Three Stones Media Limited and TV 47

    The association lobbies the government and the private sector to advance media interests, coordinates with educational institutions on media training and development programmes. 

    It also liaises and builds affiliations with other stakeholders, donors and international media organisations. 

    In April 2020, MOA donated Ksh150 million channelled towards fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. 15 media houses, each donated Ksh10 million in the form of advertisements to drive awareness campaigns.

    Standard Media Group CEO Orlando Lyomu
    The Standard