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REVEALED: Joe ageyo joins NTV after leaving Citizen TV, Linus Kaikai promoted

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Royal Media Services (RMS) has let go Joe Ageyo, who was its editorial director for four years, and immediately appointed Linus Kaikai to the position.

The media house made the announcement in an internal memo by Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

It’s was not immediately  clear what caused the sudden exit but insiders point to a boardroom fallout at RMS as general elections campaigns gather pace.

Highly placed sources however intimated that Joe had found himself a bettr job at NTV, the Nation Centre-based station owned by Nation Media Group.

“The impression out there is that Joe was fired. Nothing could be farther from the truth,” a senior manager at Royal Meda Group told ksnmedia.com Thursday on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to to speak to the media.

Kaikai was the director of strategy and innovations. With Ageyo’s exit, he gets the promotion to become editorial director, the most coveted position is the newsroom.

Soon after the news broke, Kenyans congratulated both journalists, with some expressing their hope thet The Newsgang, a current affairs program featuring Kaikai, Francis Gachuri and Yvonne Okwara, and Ageyo as the moderator, will continue airing on Citizen TV.

Ageyo’s role will be taken over by RMS Director of Strategy and Innovation, Linus Kaikai.

Deputy President William Ruto and Citizen TV’s Joe Ageyo

He (Kaikai) retains the two functions alongside his new role. As Editorial Director, Linus will oversee the administrative and editorial functions of our news and current affairs operations across the RMS platforms,” read the memo in part.

Highly placed sources aware of the transition disclosed that Ageyo is headed to Nation Media Group (NMG).

It is not yet clear what role the media executive will be taking at his new workplace.

Ageyo joined RMS in 2018 alongside Kaikai who had been Managing Editor at NMG before heading to the S.K. Macharia-owned network.

Citizen TV’s Linus Kaikai

The award-winning media personality has worked at NMG before and his new appointment will see him make a comeback.

Between February 2005 and November 2012, he served in various positions at NTV including Head of News Production.

Ageyo attended Sawagongo High School and proceeded to join Egerton University to pursue a Bachelor of Agribusiness Management.

After graduating, he enrolled at the University of Nairobi for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication.

Joe Ageyo

He later went abroad for further study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland to pursue a certificate in Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy and later pursued a Masters in Environmental Governance from the University of Manchester.

Ageyo started his media career as an intern at KBC where he worked for one and a half years with no payment.

In 2000, he joined KTN where he rose from reporter to deputy news editor before leaving in 2005.

He is praised for pioneering environmental journalism and was among the first Kenyan TV journalists to start a regular slot for an environmental feature, Ecojournal.

The changes take effect on 1st April, 2022, when Ageyo officially leaves after serving his notice. “I congratulate Linus on his appointment and wish him good luck in the exécution of his new duties and responsibilities towards accomplishing the goals of the RMS,” Mr Waruru said.

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