Former Citizen TV news anchor Kirigo Ng’arua who was fired in December 2016 will soon be back on a screen near you.
Kirigo revealed recently that she will be hosting a new show called The Girlfriends Table, which she has listed a one of her projects in 2017. She, however, did not disclose the television station on which the programme will be airing.
She describes her new show as a “table where women from different walks of life will regularly sit down and share their stories remembering to keep it real and raw.”
It will likely feature women telling their stories from relationships, family, business to personal development and branding.
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“It’s time to share stories on successes and challenges of being a woman, change the stereotypes about the woman, truly enjoy being in this zone hoping that it will be a source of hope and inspiration to the women who will listen as we pick each other up,” she said in an initial teaser about the show.
Some of the women who are expected in the launch editions of the show include former colleague at Royal Media Janet Mbugua (who quite Citizen TV recently to Join the RedCross), Samantha Maina, gospel singer and TV host Kambua and Shiro Gaitho.
“Women know how to keep both the good and bad to themselves and it’s time we changed that,” she said on Social Media. “It’s time we embraced womanhood with all that it comes with.”
Kirigo, who anchored Citizen lunchtime news and breakfast show, was among the top presenters who lost their jobs in the restructuring by Royal Media Services, which runs Citizen TV and Radio.
Among prominent broadcast names dropped from RMS at the time were political editor Shisia Wasilwa, Elizabeth Omolo, Agao Patrobas and Nasteha Mohammed and fellow news anchor Terryanne Chebet. The retrenchment also chopped off big heads in editorial, pushing out Mercy Oburu and Patrick Mathangani, who were among the seven managing editors. Mercy and Mathangani have since been rehired.
Maintaining a career in the media industry has become tricky following increased competition brought by digital migration that has cut ad revenues for most media houses, while the government has also consolidated advertising thus squeezing off a key revenue stream for media. All mainstream media houses, except state-owned KBC.