Betty Kyallo, Kennedy Mureithi, Fred Indimuli, Rose Gakuo and Mumbi Warui who all switched media stations in 2018 (Pulse Live)

In the year 2018 Kenyans witnessed a major media shake-up that left most of the favourite anchors and presenters move to rival stations.

What seemed to be a media exodus from one station to another left some of the national TV stations devoid of their greatest assets.

Nation Media Group

Nation Media Group lost Linus Kaikai, Victoria Rubadiri, Jamila Mohamed, Rashid Abdalla, Enock Sikolia and Nimrod Taabu to rival station Citizen TV.

Former NTV presenters Victoria Rubadiri with Larry Madowo (twitter)
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Former NTV presenters Victoria Rubadiri with Larry Madowo (twitter) 

Larry Madowo also left the media house to join BBC while Sports presenter Edmond Nyabola joined CGTV.

Kobi Kihara who used to host a mid-morning show also left NMG to pursue further studies in fashion and design in the United States.

Reporter Ken Mureithi also left NMG to work for the Tharaka Nithi government.

Standard Media Group Raided

At the Standard Group, Weekend anchor Betty Kyallo hang her boots and announced that she will be joining K24.

Betty Kyallo on the set of her new show on K24 (twitter)
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Betty Kyallo on the set of her new show on K24 (twitter)

Joe Ageyo, Yvonne Okwara-Matole, Asha Mwilu and Mashirima Kapombe also left the group to join Royal Media Services.

Radio Maisha presenter Alex Mwakideu also left the station to join Milele FM, which is part of the Mediamax Network.

The media house also recently lost Abuller Ahmed who moved to Switch TV.

Citizen TV journalists who Left

Kanze Dena was the biggest surprise when she left Royal Media Services to join State House as deputy spokesprson.

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State House spokesperson Kanze Dena (twitter) 

Her colleague Mumbi Warui also ditched the media to join the government's communications team led by Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita.

Former Citizen TV anchor Anne Kiguta left the RMS station to join K24 though she is yet to be unveiled at the station.

She was poached along with morning anchor Fred Indimuli as well as Swahili anchor Salim Swaleh to NTV.

The station also said goodbye to Sylvia Chebet and Mercy Kandie whom both joined BBC.

KBC also lost some of its star anchors, Brenda Radido who joined KTN as well as Samuel Njoroge and Rose Gakuo both of who joined K24.

Fred Indimuli with his new co-anchor Rose Gakuo (twitter)
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Fred Indimuli with his new co-anchor Rose Gakuo (twitter)

Former K24 anchor Anne Ngugi also made a comeback to media with a new job at BBC Swahili radio.