The digital space has been on a steady growth in the past few years with many considering it as the future that will replace the traditional media. In recent years, we have witnessed renowned media personalities leaving the traditional media setup to create their content and share it to the world via social media platforms and YouTube.
In this article WoK takes a look at some of the media practitioner who own their own companies.
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Alex Chamwada is a veteran journalist who has previously worked for top TV stations such as NTV, KTN and Citizen TV. The 50 year old quit his job at Citizen TV while at his peak in 2014 and decided to start something of his own. He later established Chams Media – a media consultancy entity that produces Television shows such as The Chamwada Report and Daring Abroad show. On the latter show, he tells inspiring stories of young Kenyans doing amazing things in the diaspora. The show airs on both NTV and Chams Media Youtube channel concurrently.
Felix Odiwuor is a renowned radio presenter who has had successful stints in top radio stations such as Radio Maisha, Milele FM and Hot 96. He recently quit his job as a breakfast show radio presenter at Radio Africa Group owned Kiss FM in order to focus on his political ambitions. The comedian will be vying for the Langata constituency parliamentary seat in the August 9th general elections. He owns Arena Media – a digital marketing and events planning company as well as Jalango TV – an online TV Station with over 561,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Mac Otani is a Kenyan journalist who previously worked for Royal Media Services and Nation Media Group as a Digital Editor. In 2020, the media personality resigned from his job at NTV in order to pursue his other interests. He established Swala Nyeti – an online website that covers politics, business and human interest stories. The entity has employed five people and seeks to grow into a big media house producing content which is wider than just a website.
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Lynn Ngugi is a celebrated media personality who made a name at Tuko where she covered human-interest stories and exclusive interviews. In September 2021, she finally left Tuko on friendly terms in order to focus on content creation on her YouTube channel.
“There are so many untold stories in this country that we have to tell and we are not started yet so I’ll ask you guys to support me in my journey,” she said
The YouTube channel has since grown to have over 413,000 subscribers in less than a year.
John Marete is a journalist who worked for RMS as the Head of Camera at Citizen TV. He would later be relieved off his duties in February 2016 alongside a dozen other employees of the station. He decided to start his own thing and being familiar with the media industry he decided to start Weru TV – a television channel that broadcasts in the Ameru vernacular language. He would then slowly transition into a Media house by opening Weru FM and later target the Ukambani region through Mutongoi TV and Mutongoi FM.