Value of a news anchor’s teeth: 20X that of a skilled cameraman apparently

The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images.  – Christopher Lasch

Citizen TV will, allegedly, pay the recently returned Janet Mbugua KShs 803,000 monthly to read news (having already paid a reported KShs 5 Million to buy her out of her contract in South Africa).

They are already paying Lilian Muli-Kanene a reported KShs 255,000 a month.

This figures far exceed what they pay the guys who actually go out there (and sometimes risk their life and limb) to find news, record it and write it up for these “eye-candy” presenters to simply read it with a plastic smile or parade fat women trying to lose weight in a country where half the population is underfed.

I can only speculate what they pay the Kasavulis and Belinda Oburas, but I suppose it must be less since it is obvious the MILFs are being told rather directly that their time as the face of news is reaching a rather dreary sunset. The irony is that these older folk probably need the higher pay more as they face early retirement, the threat of redundancy or a return to the museum of local presenters once known as VoK. (In fact Tom Mboya and Njenga need some of that loot to buy better fitting suits if you ask me)

Maybe that’s why Citizen have come back with season II of the “Tazama Chapaa” ponzi scheme to cover for these harebrained pay decisions.

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  1. #1 by gitts on October 13, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    Janet Mbugua is back? simind! will they get Esther Timberlake too?

    • #2 by Wes on October 14, 2011 - 10:50 am

      Apparently, back at a milli a month…..

  2. #3 by Paul on October 31, 2011 - 7:17 pm

    folk, enua macho! KShs 255,000, and even 803,000 per month is nowhere near busting the books – ref. to “hairbrained pay decisions”!!! are you kidding – that kind of income is “dime-a-dozen” in the industrialized countries. Just think – how many people do these anchors reach daily – even in a metro area of a developing nation? Millions! Think how much merchandise is being plyed through commercials, etc. To me, I’m surprised their contracts are not much higher!

    • #4 by Wes on November 3, 2011 - 2:25 pm

      I don’t doubt anchors earn much more in developed countries, the figures given for the two are to be seen in contrast with what their peers earn.

  3. #5 by Jojo on November 29, 2011 - 11:03 am

    I love janet mbugua and tha fact that she,s back but i think she lost tha voice she had that made her stand out from tha rest of tha anchors.she had this base during her days in k.t.n. .and her salary aint worth what she,s giving us now because she seems confused. .

  4. #6 by Gideon on April 17, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    Kwani? what are different between them. Pay them equaly.

  5. #7 by Josh on May 24, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    The Kenyan Policy Rules at the End of the day; MOST OVERWORKED; MOST LOW PAY! I thing the field media personalities are being taken for a ride to get back to a Hungry Home; I mean they should be paid some fair Deal to cover as Their Insurance., Anyone Feel the Sense??

  6. #8 by Kenyan on January 10, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Fuck U.this anchors r fake dumb Asses.they put on fake smiles all thru the 45min.To me they are sluts. No profession in them,fake cert documents,

    • #9 by Admin on January 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

      They are sluts?

  7. #10 by Arthur on February 1, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Tuck you

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