K24 TV news anchor and host of political show Punchline Anne Kiguta has resigned from following her bitter and public fallout with her Mediamax Limited bosses.
Kiguta resigned from K24 on November 21 but only made it public on Sunday after months of tension with her Mediamax bosses.
The former Citizen tv news anchor cited “fundamental disagreement on the editorial processes and direction the show was being forced to take”, as her reasons for finally calling it quits.
“It is with regret that today I announce that I will not be returning to the program. Owing to a fundamental disagreement on the editorial processes and direction the show was being forced to take, I suspended my services as an independent contractor to the show on 21st November 2020,” she posted.
Kiguta added, “My decision was guided by the Code of Conduct contained in the Media Council of Kenya Act which guides all journalists practising in the republic of Kenya. As a result I can no longer in good conscience continue to be a part of Punchline.”
She joined the Mediamax-owned tv stations in 2018 and hosted Punchline show for more than a year but has been at loggerheads with her editors what direction the show should take.
In October, K24 managers controversially cancelled an episode of Punchline in which Kiguta was to host Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and it was believed it was because he opposed the BBI process.
Kiguta went on to blast the Mediamax management for cancelling the show live on air, a move that was perceived as insubordination and resulted in an irreversible fallout with K24 bosses.
“We at Punchline invited the fiery first-time legislator Ndindi Nyoro on the programme. The Kiharu legislator, as you well know, is a staunch defender of Deputy President William Ruto who has cast his aspersions on the BBI process. That interview has been cancelled,” Kiguta said at the time during the slow of the show.
She went on; “As the host of this programme, I have a responsibility to you the viewer and so I must state that this was not my decision and I respectfully disagree with it.”