New NTV presenters are set to be unveiled after Sunday’s World Cup final. Former Capital FM Olive Burrows is set to join the English news bulletin team alongside Zainab Ali.
Investigative reporter Dennis Okari will also join the anchors’ pool, a move he says will require a delicate balance to ensure the investigative desk is also strengthened.
“I used to be a news anchor before I went to the field so it is sort of rekindling my old flame. I will bring in my field experience to ensure we fact check and stay true to our bold and authoritative nature. This will give me an opportunity to broaden by scope to cover not just security but also politics and put leaders to task through engagements base on facts only,” Okari says.
Burrows who joins the team with her vast experience in interviewing envoys says she is ready to deliver credible and authoritative news.
“I am looking to grow as I was invited to join the news production team which will also be a different ball game for me altogether. I look forward to working with the likes of Trevor Ombija and Gladys Gachanja who like me, begun with radio before joining NTV,” she said.
Burrows who is passionate about technology issues hopes to later on start a segment that will allow her invite her audience to explore technical solutions that are being developed daily in the country.
The two new faces will join Mark Masai, Smirti Vidyarthi, Ken Mijungu, Trevor Ombija and Gladys Gachanja in the English bulletin segment who promise a revamped news coverage by the station.
In the Swahili bulletin, former Citizen TV’s Swaleh Salim is among the new faces that will include former Ebru TV’s Doreen Majala, Nuru Abdulaziz and former KBC’s Kaltun Jama.
Doreen hopes to bring in some freshness into the bulletins and explore her interests in human interest, women and youth issues.
“My defining moment in my career was covering the 2017 general elections during which I interviewed different politicians. I look forward to having more moments at NTV bringing in an authoritative voice and seriousness,” she said. Nuru who will be anchoring the Swahili bulletin plans to bring on air well-researched interviews.
“I am passionate about stories that tell the ordinary lives of Kenyans and have a special interest in health stories,” she said.
The new team joins Harith Salim, Jane Ngoiri and Dan Mule who have been anchoring the Swahili news bulletins.