Must Look Attractive: KBC Lists Qualifications for TV Anchor Job

  • News Anchors unveiled by KBC TV during a relaunch done on July 21 2021
    News Anchors unveiled by KBC TV during a relaunch done on July 21, 2021.
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  • Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has announced a vacancy for the position of TV anchor and reporter. 

    In the advert seen by Kenyans.co.ke, one of the main requirements listed is that a candidate must be photogenic. The term refers to a person who is visually appealing or looking attractive in photographs or film. 

    Other requirements for a candidate to be considered include the ability to demonstrate professionalism and positive ability in work performance, and a high command of English and Swahili languages.

    Applicants were also required to be familiar with public service news broadcasting, have an understanding of the media broadcasting laws and have a good voice.

    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
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    In addition, a candidate must also possess good or basic research, interviewing and reporting skills, should work without close supervision and beyond normal working hours, must have a membership in a registered professional body and must possess computer skills. 

    "The minimum educational and professional requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree or a Diploma in Communication, Journalism, Media Studies or related field from a recognized institution."

    "Others include a KCSE mean grade of C and above with a minimum of C+ in English and /or Kiswahili and one year (1) working experience in television news or radio news production," read part of the advertisement. 

    The debate around the management of KBC surfaced during the swearing-in of President William Ruto on September 13, 2022. 

    At the time, it was announced that the national broadcaster would be given exclusive rights to cover the event alongside a private company - a move that sparked debate within the media industry. 

    A section of Kenyans online noted that the move was a resurgence for KBC, while others indicated foul play against other media houses.

    Reports alleging that private media houses would purchase footage from KBC were, however, refuted. 

    Veteran news anchors inside KBC's revamped studio
    Veteran news anchors inside KBC's revamped studio
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