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After Kaikai, Larry Madowo seems to be next as plot thicken at NMG

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Even as NTV’s Linus Kaikai was packing his bags after calling it a day at NMG, NTV news anchor Larry Madowo  left his fan base confused after he edited his Twitter handle and removed any attachment he has with the Nation Media Group (NMG) and the television station he works for. Initially, Madowo’s handle indicated he was, among others, an NTV news anchor as well as the technology editor.

Now, the handle’s profile plainly states he is a journalist, leaving many wondering whether he is about to exit NTV as recent reports have indicated. In addition to editing his Twitter bio, Madowo on Wednesday morning posted a poetic passage from Charles Dicken’s A tale of Two Cities, further heightening the speculation:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it
was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it
was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

 Madowo has recently been uneasy at how things are panning out at Nation Centre. He first made his stand known last month when he took on CEO Joe Muganda, who has since left the company for Vivo Energy, demanding to know why the management was quiet following threats issued to journalist Justus Wanga by Deputy President William Ruto’s media aide, David Mugonyi.  Muganda curtly responded that he was being “condescending.”

At the same meeting, Madowo revealed how Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi had threatened to discontinue his #FrontRow column in the Daily Nation for attacking Interior Cabinet Secretary  Dr Fred Matiang’i’s style of management.

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Then, on January 30, as the government cracked down on TV stations that defied an order not to air live the NASA mock ceremony at Uhuru Park where they installed Raila Odinga as the ‘People’s President’, Madowo declared he was part of the team behind the coverage and was ready to be investigated. He dismissed Matiang’i’s defence of the move by the Communications Authority to shut down NTV, KTN News, Citizen TV and Inooro TV. The CS had also warned that individual journalists would also be targeted.

“I was in the control room producing @ntvkenya’s coverage when we were switched off. I am stunned by the government’s justification for this flagrant violation of our constitution. If journalism is now outlawed in Kenya, I am ready to be investigated,” Madowo tweeted.

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He, alongside General Manager Linus Kaikai and news anchor Ken Mijungu were forced to spend the night in the newsroom and later at a safe house following a tip-off police wanted to arrest them. They subsequently secured anticipatory bonds.

In the aftermath of the crackdown, Madowo penned an article for the #FrontRow column criticising the crackdown and how media managers responded. It was ‘killed’, or rather not published in media lingo. The article was to find its way to the CNN website and an unhappy Madowo opted to terminate his contract with the newspaper.

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, the winter of despair’

There has been speculation that he could join Kaikai, who is headed to Communications Centre, the Royal Media Services base, where he is poised to become the new Chief Operations Officer, taking over from Farida Karoney following her appointment as Lands cabinet secretary. Others claim he could go international by, perhaps, joining CNN or BBC.

However, by going for a paradoxical passage from one of the great literary masterpieces, there is no doubt that we are dealing with a mind disturbed by the chaotic happenings in Kenya’s media scene and especially at NMG.

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But as a technology editor, Madowo is well aware that with the advent of digital technology, the media scene is no longer what it used to be and media establishments are struggling to stay above the surface hence the radical restructuring programmes witnessed in recent times.

With competition from digital media platforms, traditional media’s ad revenue is being squeezed and it is an open secret that most are bending over backwards to accommodate government and big corporate advertisers at the expense of professional journalism.

Could Larry Madowo, aghast at what is happening around him, preparing to jump ship? And to where?

 

Source: – BusinessToday 

 

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Azziad lands TV deal set to be aired in nine TV stations simultaneously

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Tik Tok sensation Azziad Nasenya is set to host a new television show just three months after she became an internet sensation thanks to the viral ‘Utawezana Challenge’.

The 20-year-old actress and content creator will host an upcoming entertainment show dubbed Concert Nyumbani alongside media personality Mwaniki Mageria.

According to the show’s Directors, Eugene Mbugua and Enos Olik, the new show will be airing on nine TV stations simultaneously starting this Sunday at 2pm.

The new show will be aired on NTV, KTN, K24, KBC, Switch TV, Metropol TV, Y24, TV47, and PPP TV.

Concert Nyumbani is a musical show that has been put together to celebrate heroes who’ve emerged from the coronavirus pandemic.

“So proud to be a part of this history-making appreciation show of our Heros who go out of their way for others.. Frontline Responders, local exceptional community servers, we salute you! …. Make a date guys!! Sunday is coming,” said Mageria.

Mbugua said that he put together a team of some of the most talented people in Kenya to work on a documentary and musical show celebrating heroes who’ve emerged from the pandemic. This, he has done with the help of the Kenya Film Commission.

Azziad started acting in stage plays in high school before joining Hearts of Art theatre group, where she played many roles while pursuing a certificate in broadcast journalism at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

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Azziad also announced that she will be hosting another show dubbed The Cook-Off alongside comedian Mulamwah.

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“He was screwing around with the socialite when we were together” Maureen Waititu reveals

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Maureen Waititu has been maintains her silence for weeks now; until just recently when she clapped back at a woman who came out defending Frankie Just Gym It.

As seen on blogger Obare’s page, an unknown lady went on to confront Maureen Waititu for painting Frankie as a dead beat dad; only for her to face the wrath of a woman whose heart was torn into pieces!

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Lady confronts Maureen Waititu

Well, this comes just a few days after Frankie shared a video revealing what he does for his kids. As seen on the video Frankie revealed that he pays his child support by proving shelter for the kids, school fee among other things.

However, being a dad these are just some of the responsibilities he should carter for – and not seek public validation as good dad; and I bet this is why Maureen seems quite bitter with anyone defending her former lover!

Maureen Waititu claps back!

In response to the lady, Maureen went all out revealing the unknown about her and Mr Frankie.

Frankie Just Gym IT with his two sons

As seen on her DM directed to the unknown lady, Ms Waititu mentioned that Frankie not only cheated on her but did unspeakable things to her; which she chose to cover up since he still remains the father of her sons.

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What however caught our attention is that Maureen knew Frankie and Corazon had been secretly seeing each other all along – even when they were still living together. Maureen wrote;

Maureen Waititu clap back

From the post above it’s evident that Maureen must have a lot bottled up; and thanks to her support system, she has managed to maintain her silence for the past one year.

However, fans on the other hand can’t help but look forward to the day Maureen will open up exposing everything she claims to have gone through. Lastly, to those applauding Frankie for the child support, Maureen had this to say;

Maureen Waititu’s post

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Betty Bayo regrets moving in with a man she ‘barely knew’

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Gospel musician Betty Bayo has expressed regret getting into a relationship with controversial pastor Victor Kanyari and siring children with him before walking down the aisle. In a social media post, the Gatho singer said that she made her first mistake on the first day they met and numerous other mistakes followed thereafter. In the post that elicited varied reactions from her followers, the mother of two said that despite being a Christian, she moved in with Kanyari three weeks after they met.

“In my past relationship, I made mistake from day one, followed by more than 1,000 more mistakes. Though I was still a Christian and still saved, I moved in with a man three weeks after we met with no wedding or anything legal ata affidavit hakuna,” she wrote, referring to the move as a ‘maize wedding’.

Attributing her actions to naivety, Betty said she barely knew Kanyari when they moved in together and soon after, she was pregnant with their first child. Not long after, she was pregnant again.

“Unlike the expectation of many, nilienda come we stay, sorry I mean come we fight. I moved in with a man who I barely knew his full m-pesa names. Everyday things were unfolding I didn’t keep the social distance- I got pregnant. Kidogo kidogo pregnant again, the rest is history.”

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She further asserted that she’s no longer in love with him, adding that she suffered from depression and high blood pressure.

“Nani hapa alikula mchele ya harusi yangu? Did I do my wedding in Jupiter? One day I’ll give my story maybe it will help or entertain someone somewhere. For those saying am still in love, yes it’s true but in love with my future, not my past. If God was not a forgiving God I deserved to be in a Christian jail. If I didn’t die of depression, high blood pressure, then I assure you am living to 100 and something years,” she wrote.

Kanyari fallout

Betty and Kanyari’s relationship crumbled four years ago after he was exposed for performing dubious miracles using potassium permanganate. The ‘miracle’ involved washing his congregants’ feet with ‘blood’ which oozed from their feet when touched by Kanyari. It, however, turned out that the ‘blood’ was as a result of the reaction of potassium permanganate with water. Speaking afterwards, Kanyari maintained that despite parting ways, they still remained good friends.

Father’s Day message

During Father’s on 21 June, Betty praised Kanyari for accepting her decision to move on and being a great dad to their two children. While lauding him for making co-parenting easy, she offered to sing at his wedding for free.

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“You may not be a good husband but you’re a good dad. Thanks for accepting my decision to move on, it’s has been 4yrs…Unlike many men you have never stalked me or made my life miserable just because we parted ways. You have made co-parenting so easy and fun… one thing I promised you I’ll never teach my kid to disrespect you. I make sure they pray for you every day. God to keep you safe. They better have 310 guy as a father than none. The greatest gift I can offer on this father’s day is to sing for free on your wedding day,” she wrote.

Finding love

Almost a year ago, Betty confirmed that she was dating saying: “The guy am dating is not comfortable with me posting and talking about him, so that is why I will not be posting or revealing too much about him. Hataki mapenzi ya magazeti.”

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