In Summary
  • In fact, you can travel from Limuru to Nairobi before the news resumes. This is making some viewers shift to other stations.

We have some leftovers of readers’ voices from last year. We cannot publish all of them, though, because of the limited space.

Anchors should keep religious comments to themselves

Nothing irritates and annoys me like the tendency by some news anchors to make religious statements before or after reading the bulletin.

By the time I stopped watching news bulletins of the mainstream media houses, some news presenters had become notorious for using religious statements such as “God bless”, “Hope you had a blessed day” and “Have a blessed night”.

Also, they were notorious for using offhand comments such as “We send our condolences to the bereaved families”.

“What an inspiring story” and “We hope action will be taken by the authorities and the suspects arrested” between stories.

Again, news anchors should keep their drinks hidden from the sight of viewers.

These juvenile, irritating and annoying habits of news anchors of the mainstream media houses will become our next tourist attractions.

Why can’t they emulate Al Jazeera or the BBC, where offhand comments between stories, religious slogans and drinks are not allowed?

— Njoroge Kibe, Kajiado.

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News bulletins are far too long

Television news used to last about 30 minutes. In Europe and America, they last 10 to 15 minutes maximum, with no advertisements.

But in Kenya, TV news now takes 45 to 60 minutes. The anchor reads, say, three news items then a tsunami of adverts follows for 10 minutes.

In fact, you can travel from Limuru to Nairobi before the news resumes. This is making some viewers shift to other stations.

Radio stations are doing the same and, secondly, most TV and radio stations have stopped giving us foreign news.

No wonder few Kenyans, like Americans, know what is happening outside their country.

— Robert Musamali, Nairobi.

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