Kenya: Standard Makes Appointments At KTN

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The Standard Group has announced key managerial changes at KTN in its continued consolidation of its leadership in broadcast business.

The Group created two senior positions which are meant to strengthen its editing and product development processes. Katua Nzile retains his position of Managing Editor, News, while Dancun Kizito remains Deputy Managing Editor. Farida Karoney was appointed to the new position of Head of Editorial, KTN, and Linus Kaikai was named Managing Editor in charge of Quality and Product Development.

Kaikai returns after an eight-year stint with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) while Karoney makes a comeback after a brief spell as a media consultant and a freelance producer for Al-Jazeera International.

Karoney, 38, has extensive experience in the management of television news operations. The renowned journalist, who left the Standard Group last year, holds a post-graduate Diploma in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Education (Science) from Kenyatta University. She is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Strategy at the University of Nairobi.

On the other hand, Kaikai - a two-time CNN African Journalist of the Year Award winner - left KTN in June 1999 to join SABC as a correspondent, rising through the ranks to become Bureau Chief. Kaikai, 33, who scooped the continental media honours in TV journalism in 1998 and the Environmental Journalist of the Year the following year, is credited with setting up the organisation's newsgathering operation in Nairobi.

He returns to KTN with vast experience of both local and international news coverage gathered from major assignments such as civil wars in Somalia, Congo and Darfur in Sudan and the transformation of the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union. Kaikai holds a Master's Degree in International Journalism, from the University of Westminster, in London, UK.

(East African Standard (Nairobi), 31 July 2007)