As the Covid-19 outbreak continued to wreak havoc on Kenya's economy, media personnel were compelled to undergo salary cutbacks or risk being sacked.
Many journalists have been forced to seek better pastures or pursue other opportunities as a result of the current economic situation.
As media companies restructured themselves to correspond with shifting trends, some journalists were laid off and forced to find new jobs quickly. The following is a list of ten journalists who changed stations in the year 2021.
This year, Larry Madowo's star shone brighter when he transitioned from the BBC to CNN, a much larger worldwide network. The legendary news anchor was named the station's Nairobi correspondent in May.
Madowo received a big advance at the broadcaster just three months later, when he was promoted to the role of the network's international correspondent.
Madowo worked for the BBC as a North America Correspondent and a fill-in presenter for the network's flagship BBC World News America program.
Madowo began his career at the Kenyan Television Network (KTN) when he was 20 years old.
The KTN News anchor left the Mombasa Road-based station in March 2021 to pursue other interests.
Seven months after leaving her job as a news anchor, she is due to lead a Thursday night prime show on K24 TV.
"I absolutely enjoyed my time at KTN News. They made me who I am today and I am forever grateful. It's a wonderful place to grow," the USIU Alumni stated about her time at KTN.
Victor Kiprop, a BBC News anchor, had a rapid climb in 2021. After being promoted to a news anchor at NTV, his star shone brightly. Kiprop bid farewell to the Kimathi Street-based media firm in early November, and was presented a day later as the BBC's newest recruit.
4. Grace Kuria
Grace Kuria, a former KTN News anchor, announced her departure on live television in January.
She had just been at the channel for two years, having switched from K24 TV in January 2019.
She joined the Chinese network CGTN two weeks later, where she served as a news anchor for seven months. She joined the BBC in September 2021.
Dorcas Wangira, a former Citizen TV reporter, was warmly welcomed as the BBC's newest addition to the health reporting team in October. She'd just finished her weekly Citizen TV segment, which aired every Sunday at 8 p.m.
Wangira worked at Citizen TV from August 2018 to 2021, when she left.
Ben Kitili, a well-known political journalist, announced his departure from KTN News, where he had worked as a news presenter for the previous eight years, in July 2021. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kitili aired a political show (Inside Politics) on KTN, where he interviewed political leaders from various factions. On Newsline, he also hosted prime-time news every Tuesday.
Kitili was reported to be on his way to NTV to take up the role of News Editor at the time.
Kitili was appointed head of the NTV newsroom, guiding reporters and anchors and assisting with the station's news coverage.
7.Lofty Matambo and Fridah Mwaka
Lofty and Fridah Mwaka both left KTN in April 2021 at the same time.
At the close of the month, the Swahili co-anchors were debuted as a team on NTV.
Brian Obuya, one of KTN's top investigative reporters, left the station in September 2021 after five years.
Obuya joined NTV as a crime reporter a month later, with the occasional exception of special projects.
Anita Nkonge, a well-known NTV news reporter, left the network in August after three years on the job.
Nkonge stated in her farewell statement that working at the media house was a dream come true for her.
A few days later, she was hired as the BBC's new Youth Reporter. According to a memo circulated among the company's staff, she joined the BBC's flagship youth program, entitled 'What's New.'
KTN News poached Fred Indimuli just two months after he landed a job as a news anchor at Kenya's Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
Indimuli resigned after being hired by KTN News to replace anchor Ben Kitili, who left to join NTV.
Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the journalist hosts the political show (Inside Politics), which was formerly hosted by Kitili.
He was elevated to political editor in December, moving up from his prior position as outpost editor.
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