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Media poaching locks out fresh, creative journalists


The much awaited Swahili news bulletin Nipashe’ and the 9 PM News on CITIZEN TV is a negative sign that young talents partaking Mass communication and journalism courses in colleges and universities in the country have no place to go.

The poaching, while properly interrogated means no employment opportunities for those paying millions of shillings to pursue their media career.

This opinion however should not scare any potential journalist but caution them on how they might end up tarmacking until they are completely discouraged.

The giant S.K Macharia owned Television channel which has been doing great in the stiff media sector with its platforms including Radio Citizen, Bahari FM, Viusasa digital platform among other 11 vernacular radio stations is actually out to destabilize other media houses.

With the same minds transverse from one media house to the other, we are actually expecting nothing fresh in terms of content in news stories, programs, analysis or interviews but 24 hour opinion experts’ views.

Why didn’t they advertise for vacancies so that qualified graduates who pursued Mass communication and journalism course could apply and open selection processes conducted?

The extreme poaching is actually locking out fresh journalists with the zeal to work in such big media houses. These graduates cannot launch their own media houses, that is why they end up being discouraged.

Citizen TV has been the big raider always setting it’s foot at the Standard Group. Lilian Muli, Former Monday special News anchor Janet Mbugwa, Anne Kiguta. Sam Ogina, Wilkister Nyabwa, Saida Swaleh, and recently KTN News Swahili anchor Mashirima Kapombe, Prime bulletin anchor Yvonne Okwara Matole and KTN’s Editor Joe Ageyo.

It has also raided on NTV  taking the Editor Linus Kaikai, NTV tonight News anchor Victoria Rubadiri, NTV Jioni Swahili bulletin anchors Jamilla Mohammed, Nimrod Tabu and Rashid Abdallah, in simply terms there is no job for fresh creative young talents from media institutions at Royal Media Service.

However Standard Group boasts of nurturing talents that’s why according to those heading the newsroom at the Mombasa road based media house they are not shaken by the raid at KTN home and KTN News channel and vowed to actually soldier on in nurturing talents.