Sophia Wanuna, a well-known media personality, has quietly left the Mombasa Road-based Standard Group after 14 years. The former deputy editor of the Broadcast division at KTN has not publicly announced her departure. According to reliable sources, Wanuna submitted her resignation to the Standard Group management, citing personal reasons.
Sophia Wanuna was appointed as the acting Broadcast Content Editor in July 2021, taking over from Peter Opondo. The appointment was announced in an internal memo by then Editor-in-Chief Ochieng Rapuro, and took effect on July 15, 2021.
Wanuna’s exit from KTN comes just days after her colleague Sharon Momanyi also left the media house after a decade. Momanyi started at KTN as an intern in 2013 and expressed gratitude for her time at the company on Twitter. In 2018, she was promoted to Features Editor and won the Media Council of Kenya’s Annual Journalism Excellence Award (AJEA) for Journalist of the Year.
Several other prominent TV personalities have recently left the Standard Group, including Lofty Matambo, Frida Mwaka, Ben Kitili, Brian George Otieno, Roselyn Obala, Ibrahim Karanja, Brian Obuya, Nicholas Wambua, and Brenda Kerubo.
In addition to the television departures, Standard Group has also seen an exodus of radio talent. Billy Miya, Linda Oriaso, Ali Hassan Kauleni, Mwalimu, Emmanuel Mwasumbe, Mbaruk Mwalimu, and Beatrice Maganga have reportedly moved to Radio 47, among others.
The recent departures from the Standard Group, especially in the television and radio sectors, highlight a significant shift in the media landscape. It remains to be seen how the company will adapt to these changes and maintain its reputation for quality journalism.