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Radio Maisha boss Tom Japanni quits after 11 years

Veteran media personality Tom Japanni has announced his exit from Standard Media Group after 11 years of dedicated service.

Japanni who was the head of radio at the Mombasa Road station announced his exit on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

“IT’S A WRAP. PREPPING FOR A NEW SEASON. A NEW CALLING,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

Japanni has been in the media industry for more than 15 years and has worked in various media houses in different capacities, among them the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

He took up the radio role at  Standard Media Group in 2013 and has served for 11 years. Under his leadership, Standard Media Group witnessed the establishment of two new radio stations, Spice FM and Vybz Radio, in addition to the flagship Radio Maisha.

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He is also credited for mentoring top radio personalities, including Alex Mwakideu, Mwende Macharia, Ali Kauleni, and Emmanuel Mwashumbe, among others.

His exit comes at a time when journalists are fleeing the station in droves due to financial struggles.

Recently, Standard Media Group has been facing financial struggles that have seen their employees go without salary for months.

Most of the journalists who have announced exit from the station have landed opportunities at the Cape Media Limited-owned TV47 and Radio 47.

Notably, Billy Miya, Hassan Kauleni, Mbaruk Mwalimu, Fred Indimuli, Beatrice Maganga, Emmanuel Mwashumbe, and Linda Oriaso are some of the media personalities who left the media house recently.

Billy, Oriaso, Kauleni, Mwalimu, Mwasumbe, Indimuli, Maganga and Alex Mwakideu joined Radio 47.

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