Kenya Television Network -KTN was founded in Kenya in 1990 and that it is owned partly by Kenya’s former president Daniel T. Moi. The founder of this leading Kenya News television is Jared Kangwana who is acclaimed to have created the first non-pay private television not just in Kenya, but in the whole of Africa.
Today, KTN is owned by the Standard Group, which is arguably partly owned by the MOI family. Under the Brand The Standard is not just KTN, but also the second largest newspaper in Kenya: the Standard, Capital FM radio and a new entrant, Radio Maisha.
KTN Kenya claims, and this is mainly true, that it is an "authoritative and independent news channel". Many times, this fact has been proved through the hard-line that KTN has always taken with the government of the day. The most mentioned cases include the media attack with the famous response from a government of Kenya minister: “If you rattle a snake...” Where that minister meant that KTN had rattled a snake (the government). Even more recently in 2001, KTN was at loggerheads with the government with the government of Kenya claiming their property in Mombasa road.
The major achievement of KTN in the world of media, being the first private and independent network is significant. All African countries were watching Kenya news scene, especially considering the strong Moi governance under a single party system. KTN brought a revolution by sometimes even openly supporting the opposition.
Media names such as Raphael Tuju, Jeff Koinange, Fayaz Qureishi , Herman Igambi, Charles Wachira, Christine Nguku, Mercy Oburu, CNN Anchor Zain Verjee, Robert Ochieng, Patricia Gashengu, Annette Kanana-Bazira, Ruth Mutia Sammy Masara, Catherine Kasavuli, Jacqueline Thom, , Isaiah Kabira, Lydia M. Manyasi, Abel Ndumbu, , Njoroge Mwaura , Mike Roles Are key persons involved in the growth of KTN Kenya in its early years.
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