Why I Left BBC For KTN - Fathiya Nur

  • KTN News anchor Fathiya Nur at BBC studio
    KTN News anchor Fathiya Nur at BBC studio.
    Fathiya Nur
  • Anywhere between Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23, Fathiya Mohammed Nur will hit the Kenya screens as the country's latest News anchor at KTN News.

    When Kenyans.co.ke contacted her on Sunday, June 19, regarding her upcoming role, she noted that broadcast journalism, especially being at the forefront of it, was the biggest goal of her career.

    Since 2018, Nur was an integral part of FactFinder, a BBC show of its kind that concentrated on delivering fact-checking reports at a time when 'Fake News' was increasingly appearing in the news across the globe.

    "It was unique because we did not find such a programme," she noted of the show.

    KTN News anchor Fathiya Nur at BBC studio
    KTN News anchor Fathiya Nur at BBC studio.
    Fathiya Nur

    For the following four years, the journalist noted that she cherished every aspect of her job, especially the experience she received from the international broadcaster.

    "It has been such a good experience. BBC is a good ground in terms of training as a journalist and just opening your mind to different aspects of doing stories 

    "The beauty is that you are not just fixed to doing TV only. We learnt how to do stories for radio, podcast, TV and digital," she added.

    This is why her decision to leave the show might have been one of the hardest career choices she has had to make and her new anchoring job is her most fulfilling.

    She noted that she returned to Standard Group after an earlier stint in the company's research department after she landed the broadcast journalist duties that would advance her career and for exposure.

    At BBC, her show straddled the African continent - limiting her from conclusively covering any specific region. 

    "(I left BBC) for growth purposes. I have been there for at least 4 years. It got to a point I was feeling a bit stagnant in terms of growth and when it comes to anchoring, It is something I have always wanted to do and I believe I am good at.

    "The beauty of the local media is you get that opportunity of exploring within the country because BBC is global and the show I was doing was continental based. The level of exposure locally is much better," she explained.

    Nur is also concerned about the ratio of female Muslim journalists working on the local English news desks. "That's one of the things that I am strongly trying to establish here."

    "I think I have learnt so much from the BBC and I want to use my skills on the local scene. Now, we are moving away from the traditional way of doing things in media.

    "We are moving into digital which is something KTN is also doing. Even if I am playing my role as an anchor, I know that the kind of news I am delivering can also go on the digital platforms," she added.

    Her rise to the top has not, by any measure, been an easy task. She started her career as an attaché at CGTN in December 2015 where her tasks included librarying and archive of footage.

    She later landed an internship at K24 TV after graduating from the United States International University (USIU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

    In 2017, she landed a job as a researcher at KTN even though she had interviewed for the news anchoring position.

    KTN News anchor Fathiya Nur at BBC offices in Nairobi.
    KTN News anchor Fathiya Nur at BBC offices in Nairobi.