Ex-Citizen TV Anchor Lands KTN Job After 8-Yr Break

Jimmi Gathu speaks on the podium during the reality show 'Ms President' on KTN in February 2019.
  • Former Citizen TV Presenter Jimmy Gathu is set to make a comeback with a show on KTN home after an eight year break from television. 

    Gathu will be hosting a show by the name Doctor’s Practice where he will interview health experts and have a round table discussion on matters healthcare.

    The discussions will centre around certain topics including; buying over the counter medicine, screening, insurance and nutrition with the experts expected to give advise on the same.

    Jimmi Gathu speaks on the podium during the reality show ‘Ms President’ on KTN in February 2019.

    The one hour show is expected to begin on Saturday, February 27, from 5pm to 6pm.

    Unlike most shows hosted on traditional media which either use the English or Swahili dialects, Gathu will host the program in sheng language, hoping to attract a youth audience.

    The media personality boasts a career of over 20 years since 1991 when he was involved in the Look, Think, Stay Alive project, a campaign about road safety.

    He went on a break after he was laid off from Nation FM. Previously, the renowned personality also launched Kenya’s first breakfast show Power Breakfast alongside Kobi Kihara, marking the dawn of a new era on Kenyan TV

    Other than the show, Gathu also stars in Maisha Magic Plus’ drama series Kina. He plays Fred Tandala, a character he describes as “a happy-go-lucky guy with rebelliousness to him that pushes him to curve his own path despite being born and raised in wealth. He is married to Nana Tandala, played by hitmaker Sanaipei Tande.

    Kina follows the ruthless battle for survival between the wealthy, powerful and the downtrodden who toil for the rich but reap nothing from their hard work.

    “I have always believed in re-defining my parameters within the media focal. I started off as a Master of Ceremonies at Pre-wedding parties back in 1989 then quickly joined theatre the same year and loved it. I had always been captivated by television in all its form be it as an actor or as show host and on the radio as well, so being in the telenovela space is just part of a long journey that started way back.,” he told kenyagist.com in a previous interview.

    Jimmi Gathu in an Instagram post on August 20, 2018
    Jimmi Gathu in an Instagram post on August 20, 2018

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