The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: John Sibi Okumu Show to Launch on KISS TV

Kenya's famed TV personality, John Sibi-Okumu has joined KISS TV as a host of a major news show that premiere's on December 3.

The new one-hour show, titled JSO @ 7, will include the latest news updates from across the country as well as interviews with newsmakers at 7pm every evening. It will mark the launch of KISS TV's 2013 new season of programming.

"I am excited to be back on TV after the remarkable success of The Summit, which set the standard for TV interview shows in Kenya. It is time we changed the face of TV again," Sibi-Okumu said.

The new show to be broadcast daily from the Kiss TV news centre in Nairobi will focus on news analysis and social network interaction.

"By the time every TV station news is on we have already heard the news. The challenge is to interpret the news in a way that lets our viewer understand and take part in the events shaping Kenya and the world," Sibi Okumu said.

John Sibi-Okumu's career has been an interesting one, he is the only TV personality to have had a one-on-one media interview with former president Daniel Arap Moi.

He has also interviewed Robert Mugabe, Paul Kagame, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Wangari Maathai, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Stephen Sackur and many dignitaries.

"We are extremely excited by this new development. John is a Kenyan icon and his joining us signals our seriousness about becoming a major player in the TV market. He is not afraid to ask the tough questions and to champion the truth. The coming season on Kiss TV will affirm our ambition to become the home for exciting, gripping and fresh content," said Makari Kituyi, Head of Kiss TV.

In preparation for the new show, Kiss TV is building new studios at their Lion Place offices and designing a revolutionary set.

"The trade-off is that we have to go off-air with the news for the next three weeks to prepare for this exciting new product," Kituyi concluded.

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