Thursday, February 19, 2009

NTV news, KTN news

To quote a Bernie Mac line......"I'm sick a' this sh**"...

During yesterdays NTV news bulletin at 9, I noticed two misspellings that should not have been there. They spelled Bonny Khalwale's name wrong when they were interviewing him (I think they interviewed a fellow called Khawalale or something) and they were talking about 'draw dawn' (rather than draw down) at the KPC in their oil shortage story.

I notice these sorts of very basic mistakes all the time on NTV news...especially with the written information that accompanies their stories or the stuff that scrolls at the bottom of the screen throughout the news bulletin. It always makes me wonder....who the hell is in charge of editing and ensuring that they transmit stuff that is at the very least grammatically correct? Is he/she Linus Gitahi's brother/wife? Why else would they even still have the job when its been shown that they are not doing it?

What is the hiring criteria for reporters, copy writers etc at our local stations? Do you just have to have two eyes, two hands and a voice? How else could someone like Larry..........................................................(pause)...................................................Madowo be a reporter? Who told the dude that pausing for a minute between his first and last names was cool, interesting, funny or clever? How does his boss allow it? Is it a private running joke at the station?

There are also often grammatical errors, nonsensical sentences, mispronounced words and the content and flow of many stories is quite poor.

And when and why did they start cutting to reporters on their own offices!!!! Whats is the logic of having Rob Nagila provide the vocal for a story with all its various graphics and clips, then cut to him... standing in the NTV office, mic in hand to give us the story outro. If the story did not include a reporter reporting from a related location, why not just end the clip with dude saying his name..sight unseen?

As for the KTN news coverage, they also make the same basic mistakes, but what really gets my goat is their introduction to the news where they basically get on their soapbox for 2 minutes and tell us what they think/prescribe/recommend about goings on of the day/week/month. Why??!! I watch the news to see what's happening not to hear what the powers that be at KTN think about it. If they want to give us their opinion, they should create a whole different show...maybe call it 'KTN Thinks....' or something similar...or perhaps have an editorial segment after the news where they discuss the days news and their opinion on it. Why is the segment at the very top of the show? Do they think that their opinion about the day's news is more important than the actual news??

Strangely enough, I don't really watch much Citizen or K24 news despite my obvious irritation with the big boys news bulletins. Is their news coverage any better?


  1. Honestly Mystery Shopper,

    I have to concur about the spelling mistakes and nonsensical sentences. If the media can't make the effort to ensure that their language is at least grammatically correct and void of misspellings, then how can I rely on them to give me accurate information when it comes to content? How can I be sure that they are being meticulous about those details? It really turns me off!

    Thanks for pointing it out!


  2. LoL! Thought I was being petty when I complain of such details, its a total turnoff.

    I watch Citizen News 9' O clock news since the whole gang of my favourite presenters moved there. I don't know if its any better but I would imagine their spelling is 100 times better than notorious NTV.

    By the way these presenters opinions is a total turnoff many times! They rarely ever have anything useful to add to the story....its just a idle chit chat. Don't even get me started on the news in the morning on all stations by the way......this opinion giving of theirs brings a new meaning to the words 'speaking nonsense' I agree with you, let them read news, they go!

  3. Biche:
    Meticulous they certainly ain't. They seem to have chosen to go for a more sensationalist, tabloid-esque approach to news dissemination..which is fine if that's what they want to do but can they at least do it well and get the basics (spelling, grammar, eloquence) right?

    I don't know why I don't regularly watch Citizen news..I really should. I think in Louis and Julie they have the two best interviewers in Kenya...and Catherine Kasavuli is probably up there as a newsreader too.

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