Former Fanaka TV CEO Terryanne Chebet has been appointed the General Manager of Metropol TV, a 24 hour business news channel available across Kenya on Signet Free to Air decoders.
Making the announcement, the station said the former Citizen TV senior anchor and associate business editor “brings to Metropol Television a wealth of experience in Broadcast and Communications that spans 15 years.”
It added: “She has grown her brand in business journalism and is credited with identifying and building successful business news teams across local and international business channels. She will lead the Metropol TV team in delivering cutting edge business journalism. Terryanne has a devoted passion of moving African economies forward.”
Terryanne holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and International Relations from USIU-A and a Diploma in TV and Radio Production, Public Relations and Advertising from the School of Information and Advertising. She has also previously worked for KBC and CGTN Africa.
She left Fanaka TV in February this year having joined the station, which is owned by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, in April last year.
Metropol TV has also appointed Gikonyo Macharia as the Head of Broadcast and Commercials while former NTV and Citizen TV Business Editor Stephen Kimani has been named as the Managing Editor.
Macharia, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Daystar University and Masters Degree in Strategic Planning from the University of Nairobi, has over 18 years experience in various positions in the media industry in Kenya.
“He has a rich experience in broadcast media having worked as media strategy consultant and commercial director in a reputable media house,” Metropol said.
Macharia started off as sales agent at Kameme FM in January 2000 before moving to Royal Media Services as Sales and Marketing Manager for one radio and one TV station in September 2002 before rising to become Commercial Director for 13 radio stations, in addition to TV. He left in February 2009 to go into private consultancy. In January 2017, he was appointed a director at DVoice Technologies Ltd.
With regard to Kimani, Metropol describes him as a career business journalist with experience spanning over 10 years.
“Stephen is credit with leading the country’s top TV newsrooms in senior editorial leadership roles in which he was responsible for generation and development of television content in the field of business and economics,” it said.
After being retrenched at RMS in 2016, Kimani ventured into PR at IMG PR agency.
In a recent post on her LinkedIn page, Terryanne described her new role thus: “Who holds more power? Is it the Newsmaker or the News writer? My new and exciting role empowers business journalists to use data to tell stories, to ask the right questions as well as enable people to use factual and up to date data to make investment decisions.”
The station, which went on air in December last year, says its mission as offering viewers unrivaled business content with an insightful eye. “Our broadcast is based on real-time data on different markets, breaking news, in-depth research and analysis to enable you make sound sound investment decisions,” it adds.
The station, which will be officially unveiled on March 26, is set to launch a data terminal that will have economic and sector data on everything in Kenya and some African countries. It is owned by Sam Omukoko, the founder and CEO of Metropol Corporation, which runs a Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).
Apart from journalism, Terryanne is also the founder and associate director of advertising and communications firm, Scarlet Digital. she also has her own line of branded beauty products. The products include organic body and hair oils under the Keyara brand, which she founded two years ago.
Recently, Turkish diapers maker, Hayat Kimya also unveiled her as its brand ambassador in Kenya.