For the second time in two days, a journalist has left the Standard Media Group (SMG) after KTN News anchor Linda Oguttu announced she was taking a sabbatical leave.
David Odongo revealed on Facebook that he had resigned from the Mombasa Road-based media station due to unknown reasons, however, reports allege tensions at the media house.
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Odongo had worked for SMG for four years across different roles before moving to Mediamax Networks where he worked for four months as a digital editor for the People Daily newspaper.
He then returned to Standard Media Group where he wrote for the weekly Nairobian newspaper for four years as a senior journalist.
“Collecting, verifying and analysing thoroughly newsworthy information for Kenya’s leading tabloid. Assembling findings into a stable splash/page one story. Writing and delivering news stories with the reader’s perspective in mind,” reads his LinkedIn profile.
He then rose to a senior investigative journalist at the newspaper for two years before serving as its senior multimedia reporter for the weeklies for three months.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in business management, marketing, and related support services from Swiss Management Center (SMC) University.
His resignation comes after Oguttu announced her sabbatical leave after sources alleged that she was asked to choose between remaining at the media house and serving the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) as its secretariat.
Oguttu announced on social media that she had begun to take her leave, but did not state for how long.
“Personal news…I have taken a sabbatical leave from Standard Group Limited to serve in the FKF Secretariat. Tukutane kwa futa (let’s meet on the pitch). And mask up and get vaccinated…Hii Covid haitaki mchezo (This Covid did not come to play),” she shared on Twitter.
The media house announced a wave of changes following the launch of its multi-million shilling converged newsroom and rebranding of its TV station KTN News.
Kizito Namulanda was promoted to Editor in charge of Innovation and Content while Nzau Musau was elevated to Intake Editor. Ng’ang’a Mbugua was a newcomer to the Standard Editorial team having joined as its Deputy Editor for its daily print newspaper.
KTN News anchor Sophia Wanuna resumes her role as the Deputy Editor, Broadcast, having served as the acting Broadcast Editor during the rebranding of the 24-hour news channel.
Musau will be replaced by former TV programmes editor John Mwaura as Continuity Editor, while former politics editor Roselyn Obala becomes the new City Editor.
News anchor Fred Indimuli, who had left KBC for a stint at KTN, is the new Politics Editor having served as an Output Editor. Meanwhile, Stevens Muendo was appointed as the new Entertainment Editor in place of Wairimu Nyingi who was moved to the Quality Assurance Desk as an Editor.
Former City Editor Amos Kareithi is the new Deputy Editor for Politics while seasoned Education reporter Augustine Oduor was promoted to the Deputy Editor in charge of City Desk. Eddy Talam was announced as the Deputy Editor in charge of counties. Mark Oloo and Nicholas Asego join up as Quality Assurance Editors at the Print Hub.