Citizen Swahili news presenter Lulu Hassan and her husband Rashid Abdalla in the studio.

Citizen TV news anchor Lulu Hassan has taken to social media to welcome her husband, Rashid Abdalla, following his recent unveiling by the Royal Media Services-owned station.

Lulu and Rashid have made history by becoming the first married couple to anchor for the same television station with many keen to see if they could get a chance to con-anchor the 7pm Citizen Nipashe bulletin.

It is believed she posted the welcoming message to show she is at home with the idea of working alongside her husband despite the possible pitfalls that could sometimes come with such an arrangement.

In fact, many employers, especially in Kenya, frown upon couples working for the same company, more so the same department as it is considered a form of conflict of interest and an impediment to career progression.

The line between professionalism and personal affairs is often blurred in people in a romantic relationship and it would be interesting to see how the two will manage to balance their work and family.

Husband-and-wife anchor teams are not unheard of but it is something that has never before been heard of in Kenya.

Internationally, CNN, for instance, has had a similar situation on two occasions, including Dave Walker and Lois Hart who co-anchored CNN’s first ever news broadcast in 1980.

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Many American and Canadian radio and TV stations have similar pairings, showing that it is possible. International media agencies also sometimes hire married couples to work in their foreign bureaus.

 

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