Dau La Elimu: KTN News Show Host Frank Otieno Quits

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    KTN News anchor and Manager - Newspaper Education, Frank Otieno
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  • Standard Group's seasoned journalist, Frank Otieno has resigned after amassing 15 years at the giant Media House. 

    Insiders privy to the developments told Kenyans.co.ke that Otieno had already served notice and would leave the company in February 2023. 

    The source, however, did not reveal any details of the journalist's next station or job.

    During his 15-year tenure, he worked as a reporter, senior reporter, Bureau Chief in Kisumu, Editor-Swahili Desk and finally Manager, Newspaper in Education (NIE) program.

    File image of Standard Group Plc's Mombasa Road Headquarters in Nairobi
    File image of Standard Group Plc's Mombasa Road Headquarters in Nairobi
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    His role as a manager for Newspapers in Education involved handling the overall management of the NiE program in schools and other institutions. 

    In addition, the journalist was credited with raising the bar in the education sector, primarily by coming up with the Dau la Elimu show on KTN News. 

    The show brought together all education stakeholders for the past six years, giving them a platform to dissect pertinent issues touching on education from early childhood to Tertiary.

    "Dau la Elimu has connected me well with education stakeholders in this country and I appreciate it. I retain the show even as I visit schools for NiE enrollment and expand Standard Media Group readers and viewers. 

    “I also still welcome reporters from the tv desk to consult with me over their intended scripts, due to my passion for Kiswahili,” the education enthusiast told Kenyans.co.ke on July 17, 2021. 

    It will not be surprising if the show makes a comeback, owing to Otieno's rich network in the education space.

    Otieno, who goes by the moniker Mwalimu which translates to a teacher, taught at Nyabisawa Girls high school for a period of two years before venturing into journalism. 

    Tough times

    Otieno's departure came at a time when the media house is facing a cash crunch and struggling to remain afloat.

    Sources within Standard Group claimed that they were yet to receive their full payments for the past three months- with many running on empty. 

    In addition, the listed firm announced a mass firing in November 2022, but it is yet to issue redundancy letters to affected staff.

    Since the announcement, the media house has lost its top talent, with the TV and the newspapers feeling the unending talent hemorrhage.

    Dr. Mercy Korir, news anchor Sharon Momanyi and seasoned Foreign Affairs editor, Lilian Odera were among the journalists who left the company towards the end of 2022.

    KTN Journalist Frank Otieno speaking during an interview on November 19, 2018.
    KTN Journalist Frank Otieno speaking during an interview on November 19, 2018.
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    Courtesy of KTN News