6 new faces on KTN and NTV news-desk that are taking over Kenyan television

There was a major media realignment in Kenyan television after Citizen TV raided NTV and KTN and poached some of their best journalists.

Nimrod Taabu, Jamila Mohamed, Rashid Abdalla (Swahili desk) and Victoria Rubadiri left NTV to join Citizen TV. Larry Madowo left to join BBC.

Meanwhile KTN lost Mashirima Kapombe and Yvonne Okwara who also join Citizen TV. Betty Kyallo quit KTN and it’s not clear whether she will join K24 as reported earlier.

KTN and NTV decided to hire new talent to replace the seasoned journalists who left. 6 new faces hired by these two TV stations are taking over Kenyan television:

Akisa Wandera

She joined KTN from Ebru TV and she is definitely the next big thing on KTN now that Betty and Yvonne are no longer there. Akisa has been making waves on social media, a likely indication that she is building her own legion of fans just like other big names in media.



Jesse Rogers

He joined KTN from KUTV – station owned by Kenyatta University. Jesse was inspired by celebrated journalist Catherine Kasavuli to pursue a career in media. And he is now the reason why some ladies can’t afford not to watch Friday Briefing.

Fridah Mwaka

She was one of the contestants during the 2015 edition of KTN’s reality show ‘The Presenter’. Fridah joined KTN Swahili desk to replace Mashirima Kapombe. Before joining KTN, Fridah was hosting a radio show.

Maalika Kazia

She is one of the prettiest news anchors on Kenyan television. Maalika Kazia joined KTN news desk from Radio Africa Group’s East FM where she was a presenter.

Zainab Ismail

She was also a contestant on season 2 of KTN reality show ‘The Presenter’. Zainab worked at Ebru TV before she joined NTV English desk. She was paired with Trevor Ombija and they are one of the most captivating duo on Kenyan television.


Olive Burrows

She is the only Kenyan journalist who interviewed retired President Barack Obama when he came to Kenya in July 2015 as sitting US President. Olive joined NTV from Capital FM and she was paired with Dennis Okari, the two have onscreen chemistry just like Larry Madowo and Victoria Rubadiri. Okari should marry this girl already!












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