Anne Kiguta, one of the top political and current affairs news anchors in Kenya, is signing off from TV business. Kiguta tendered her resignation from Royal Media Services on 31st December 2018.
She was the Chief Digital Manager for RMS and Senior Anchor at the giant media company.
According to sources close to her, Kiguta will not be joining any media House. “She is leaving the TV business altogether,” the source told Business Illustrated.
Kiguta’s resignation ends months of speculation after she took a sabbatical in October. She has kept a low profile since, quietly jetting in and out of the country.
There have rumours she was to switch codes and join K24TV owned by the Kenyatta family. “No she is not joining K24 or any other TV station,” our source insisted. “She’s simply moving on to other interests.”
Anne is well known for her passion for politics and good governance. It is in these fields that she cut her teeth as a journalist hosting top current affairs programs at Citizen TV including Opinion Court, Monday Special and Sunday Live.
Though her resignation comes as a shock to many, apparently it was long in the works. It has emerged that the anchor had wanted to leave the industry more than a year ago but was persuaded by then boss Farida Karoney to stay on.
Observers say more is afoot at the company. Big names have been leaving RMS and more are expected to resign. Julie Gichuru and Janet Mbugua both left Citizen TV under a cloud of mystery. Sources at Citizen say it appears the company is unable to retain its top talent with at least two more anchors poised to leave.
Kiguta’s move has stunned observers because she is not known to shuffle around stations like other anchors. She had been with Citizen TV for five years, and in the industry for a prior 10 years from humble beginnings at a start up radio station Hope FM, to becoming an authority in politics and household name in Kenya.
Kiguta previously worked as current affairs editor and anchor at KTN before joining Royal Media Services. Earlier, she worked as a subeditor and anchor reporter for popular Radio stations Capital FM and Hope FM.