Award-winning journalist cum KTN Swahili news anchor Lofty Matambo has finally called it quits at the Standard Group owned TV station, after seven and a half years.
Revealing the news yesterday April 18,2021 during his last bulletin Matambo thanked his viewers and fans for their overwhelming support, and his employer for the opportunity.
This was after serving the Standard group media for seven years, a decision he stated was difficult to make, but he finally had to.
“For seven and a half years you have allowed me into your living rooms without knocking and you welcomed me with a smile. Those in the city watched me and those from the village followed my reports.
“For the zeal to have an upright society, I brought you Kimasomaso to condemn the evil in the society and uphold the good. They reached out to me and I answered the call, the call to say goodbye and pursue other things outside The Standard Media Group,” stated the journalist.
“Thanks to Standard Group PLC for this chance. Thanks to journalists, fellow anchors and editors. Thank you for being patient with me. Let us interact out there and God willing, we shall meet again,” he added.
During his time, Matambo hosted the prime time Kiswahili news bulletin and a talk show christened Kimasomaso. He also hosted a Christian-centered radio show Shangwe na Matambo on Radio Maisha.
The news of his exit comes just weeks after information had leaked from an insider that they were in talks with NTV for a cross-over together with Linda Ogutu and Ben Kitili.
“Lofty is ready to join NTV. He met the management of both sides, who are now finalizing the paperwork. The only issue derailing the move is some agreement between the two stations. However, he already served his notice and is almost serving his time,” stated the insider at the time.
He holds a Degree in Communications and PR from St Paul’s University as well as a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from Kabete National Polytechnic.
He joined KTN news in 2013, before which he he was a content producer/presenter at Media Development In Africa (MEDEVA) for two years.