Kenya's Standard Media launches rolling news channel

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 15 July 2015

KTN News, a free-to-air 24-hour news TV channel, has been unveiled in Kenya by Standard Media as a sister channel to the country's longest running commercial station KTN.

The rolling news channel, which will also be available to neighbouring countries in East Africa via the DStv, ADN-KTN News, Gotv and Zuku platforms, will broadcast in both English and Kiswahili. Its primary focus will be news, current affairs and information.

Prominent lawyer, Patrick PLO Lumumba described the launch of the new station a "catalyst" for media freedom in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan.

"We have a region plagued by poor politics, tribalism, and corruption. These are things that need to be addressed to boost socio-economic development in the region and I am sure this station will be a catalyst," said Lumumba at the channel's launch in Nairobi.

"KTN has once again blazed the trail to create a TV network that will begin to tell the story of East Africa. It gladdens my heart that a TV station has declared on the day of its launch [25 years ago] that it will tell the story of our region," he added.

Joe Ageyo, managing editor, KTN, added: "We want to reaffirm our fidelity to the precepts of journalism that those who began this station stood on... we will always be found trying to find out what happened, we will always ensure you get the whole story."

Walingo Chiruyi, Kenya general manager of Multichoice, which operates pay-TV operators DStv and GOtv, added: "Based on Standard Group's potential, we view this addition as a perfect fit for MultiChoice as we expand our carriage of local content. The addition of KTN News on our platforms is part of our commitment to providing viewers with a wide channel line-up, including channels and programming relevant to the local audience."