Among the seasoned media personalities who have joined the station include; Tom Mboya, Cynthia Nyamai, Shiksha Arora, John Kioria Fred Indimuli, Ahmed Juma Ballo, Harith Salim, and Nancy Onyancha.
Others on the list are 59-year-old Catherine Kasavuli who was once considered the queen of the TV as well as Fayyaz Qureishi, Badi Muhsin, and Pauline Sheghu.
With the aim of coming up with a powerful team of newscasters, the state-owned station has reportedly put together resources and a comfortable working environment as they try to regain their position in the media industry.
The relaunch is to begin Monday evening with “Darubini” at 7 pm where renowned Swahili anchor Harith Salim has been paired with former K24 anchor Nancy Onyancha.
The 9 PM Prime Time news edition is set to be anchored by Tom Mboya and Purity Museo.
Ahmed Juma Bhalo and Beatrice Gatonye Ngetich will be anchoring the 7 pm news on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Salim and Onyancha will be back again on the news desk on Friday before paving the way for Badi Muhsin and Pauline Shegu who will steer the special Kiswahili legend edition on Saturdays. Kamche Menza will wrap up the week on Sunday.
For the English bulletins, John Jacob Kioria will make a comeback on Wednesday alongside Serfine Achieng Ouma and on Sunday for Sunday Express and family show.
Business anchor Cynthia Nyamai will make her debut on Thursday with Business Insight alternating with Betty Kiptum and Carol Njenga.
Former K24 news anchors Fred Indimuli and Skiksha Arora will be hosting a new show dubbed Easy Friday.The Queen of TV Catherine Kasavuli has been handed the Legend Edition, a show that will be airing every Saturday.
The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has also refurbished their KBC Channel 1 TV, Radio Taifa, and the English Service studios with a completely new look.
Samuel Maina, the KBC Editor-in-Chief says the new changes at the station have been influenced by the market dynamics and changing audience needs.“The ‘Legends’ is only on Saturday at 7pm and 9pm. The market has been yearning for these anchors. The Corporation decided to give them an opportunity to deliver our product to Kenyans. They are also very experienced and will also be training our upcoming anchors to sharpen their anchoring skills”. Said Maina.
Adding that; “KBC has invested a lot in software and hardware, a modern television anchoring set, and as such we will fully start broadcasting on High-Definition technology unlike before where we used to combine HD and SD. It’s big-time for us,”
To enhance the on-screen appearance as well as enhancing its Television production capacity, the state-owned station received a supply of new equipment from its partner Multichoice in South Africa.
“Indeed, the broadcaster has invested in a state-of-the-art studio facility as part of its infrastructure upgrade strategy that will see new equipment sourced and obsolete kits retired”