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Monday, January 9, 2012

China TV (CCTV) to launch in Nairobi on Wednesday


There's a media blackout to this event. It is only open to Reuters and AP. China Central TV (CCTV) which has assembled a news team from raiding local media houses for talent launches in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Nairobi will be the African headquarters for the pan-African broadcaster that will run news 24/7.

Among the talent sourced locally are Beatrice Marshall, Samuel Kantai, Peter Wakaba, Terry Ann Chebet, Robert Soi and so on. Jemimah Mungai, a radio veteran will be the Managing Editor.

The station will broadcast from Westlands. No word on whether it has plans to ride on the digital signal that another Chinese company is putting together as the second licensed digital signal distributor after KBC subsidiary, Signet.

Perhaps after poaching people from local outlets, CCTV do not want to ask for coverage or frankly, they couldn't give a damn.

The only issue, is for you to get watched people have to know you are on air. Let's see how this pans out. Properly done, it could make for an independent station during an election year or Chinese mandarins interested in contracts may curtail such independence. The jury is out.

11 comments:

  1. Please get the facts right.....- its wood avenue kilimani K-rep house not westlands. IT RUNS A ONE HOUR BULLETIN FROM 8.00 PM NAIROBI TIME FOR NOW....
    - jEMIMAH HASNT EVEN BEEN SEEN OR HEARD OF AT CCTV AFRICA.

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  2. Ma bad. It's the green house at Adam's Arcade. As for Jemimah perhaps it will be announced at the event.

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  3. Sawa. Will be watching. Xinhua is a good source of print information, and I hope CCTV will be similar

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