News anchor and TV host Anne Kiguta has quit Mediamax-owned K24 TV.
In a statement on Sunday, December 6, Kiguta made public her decision to exit the TV citing fundamental disagreement on the editorial processes and direction the Punchline show was being forced to take.
“It is with regret that today I announce that I will not be returning to the program. Owing to fundamental disagreement on editorial processes and direction the show was being forced to take, I suspended my services as an independent contractor to the show on November 21, 2020.”
“My decision was guided by the Code of Conduct contained in the Media Council of Kenya Act which guides all journalists practicing in the republic of Kenya,” read the statement in part. “It is with regret that today I announce that I will not be returning to the programme,” she added.
— Anne Kiguta (@AnneKiguta) December 6, 2020
The TV queen further thanked her viewers for standing with her throughout the period.
Kiguta joined K24 TV two years ago after resigning from Citizen TV to steer a political show ‘Punchline”.
However, her time at the station especially on the steering of the show has been faced with interference from editors, who have wanted the show to take a certain direction as opposed to Kiguta’s views.
In October, Kiguta castigated K24 bosses after the station reportedly cancelled Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro interview at the last minute due to his political stand.
She then realized a public apology to her viewers stating that she disagreed with her bosses’ decision, but maintained that they also reserved the right to dictate the direction of the station’s content.
“We at Punchline invited the fiery first-time legislator Ndindi Nyoro on the programme. The Kiharu legislator, as you well know, is a staunch defender of Deputy President William Ruto who has cast his aspersions on the BBI process. That interview has been cancelled.”
“As the host of this programme, I have a responsibility to you the viewer and so I must state that this was not my decision and I respectfully disagree with it,” stated Kiguta.
Criticizing her bosses in public could have resulted to a fallout beyond redemption.