The anchors were drawn from the Swahili division.
Mediamax Networks-owned K24 has raided Ebru TV which has offices in Lavington, Nairobi for some of its top news anchors.
The anchors were drawn from the Swahili division. A highly placed source at the Kijabe street media house told Viral Tea that its management had settled for Busara Naaman and Milliah Kisienya.
They had begun to report to work from Monday, November 1, 2021.
Busara Naaman (right) and Milliah Kisienya (left). /FILE
“Milliah and Busara reported at K24 as Swahili anchors. They were only two at the Swahili desk plus Davis Mberia who presented the sports news in Swahili,” revealed the source.
Mberia, who previously served as a sports anchor and doubles up as a reporter, is the only Swahili anchor left at the station. Others including Winnie Lubembe also resigned from Ebru TV.
The developments came in the wake of K24 TV losing Zainab Said, one of its top Swahili news anchors, to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and has been targeting a spicing-up of the Swahili news desk ahead of the crucial 2022 electioneering period.
Zainab joined KBC as a news anchor and reporter and will be presenting the newly launched weekday County edition – Kurunzi Mashinani.
She worked at Mediamax as a news reporter and anchor with Milele FM before she made her debut on K24 TV as an anchor on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
KBC recently lost one of its most celebrated Swahili anchors in Badi Muhsin, who passed away on Friday, October 8.
The Swahili maestro was revealed to have passed on at his home in Mombasa after taking a nap but didn’t wake up.
Muhsin had in 2020 made a comeback at the station which spruced itself up in terms of brand and journalists this year. It was the same 2020 that saw him undergo surgery for treatment of kidney stones.
He graced the screens alongside Tom Mboya, Catherine Kasavuli, Cynthia Nyamai, Pauline Sheghu, John Kioria and Fayaz Kureish.
Muhsin worked for the national broadcaster during the Late President Daniel Moi’s era from 1980 and retired in 2002. He put his best foot forward with the national broadcaster and showed immense character in broadcast journalism.
Veteran KBC anchor Badi Muhsin. /KBC DIGITAL