The Nation Media Group popularly referred to as Githeri Media is known to promote mediocrity in this country. Apart from Socialite Journalist Larry Madowo promoting fellow socialites like Vera Sidika and Huddah in primetime, the media group turned out to be the biggest calamity to its readers.
Tom Mshindi has been the key figure that oversaw the fall of Nation Media Group.
If I had to pick the day the Nation Media Group, under Tom Mshindi, lost all its credibility, it would be when they agreed to bend over for the Jubilee government and fire Journo’s that were deemed to be ” Too harsh or critical to the Looting Jubilee Luminary.”
The Firing of Journos like Dennis Galava and Gado, the Cartoonist, contributed to the decline of Nation Media Group’s Credibility.
In the case of Dennis Galava, he sued the Nation Media Group for wrongful dismissal and is seeking Ksh. 425 Million. Galava cited Mshindi’s conflict of interest saying he was running a PR firm. We can authoritatively confirm that Tom Mshindi had interest in a PR firm that has been doing business with various government agencies.
According to journalists that we have talked to, Tom Mshindi had gagged Nation journalists from doing any negative story pertaining to the National Hospital Insurance Fund, the various ministry of transport parastatals, Kenya Commercial Bank/ their CEO Joshua Oigara and many others.
Nation Media Group under Tom Mshindi stared at Calamity because of lack of Innovativeness. It is said, Tom Mshindi and Linus Kaikai prefer entertaining women and playing golf instead of improving Standards at the Struggling media Group.
With more credible news on Social Media and blogs, the Kenyan media industry is facing Tumultuous times. Kenyans news consumption habits have changed, and no one buys those meat wrappers with stories mostly done by half-baked Daystar University Robots.
Not even Jubilee would help their favourite spin-Boy Tom Mshindi, as he was forced out of the group like a dog, by being forced to resign.
For the keen Kenyans, the fall of Tom Mshindi begun when Uhuru revoked his appointment as Chairman of the Kenya Copyright Board. According to Statehouse sources, Mshindi was a loose cannon who had perfected the art of throwing around StateHouse’ name to meet his evil objectives… because, it doesn’t make sense why President Uhuru Kenyatta would revoke the appointment of Tom Mshindi, yet the former NMG Managing Editor had been working at the behest of the Jubilee regime.
Under Tom Mshindi, the Nation media group took a pro-Jubilee stand, while ignoring corruption stories of trying to shift attention from them. Tom Mshindi, used the media group for personal gain, something that angered even his Highness, The Aga Khan.
Mshindi bid for his brother Tony Kagawah Nyamancha to be appointed as the Head of Procurement at the Kenya Ports Authority in exchange of positive coverage. He was appointed in March 2018 after Yobesh Oyaro was demoted and deployed to Kisumu.
When he announced Mshindi’s retirement, Board Chair Wilfred Kinoti said although Mshindi would be retiring he would not offered an advisory role in board as is customary is such major transitioning, a sign that Mshindi had totally fallen out with the powers that be at the Twin Towers along Kimathi Street.
Months before Kiboro’s anouncement, media observers had already seen his exit coming and there was apprehension that Mshindi would remain at the helm of NMG and continue to pull strings mainly because of the political punch the paper wields.
It would appear Mshindi was offered an honourable exit and forced to step down after he lost favour with the group’s board and it’s principal principal shareholder, His Highness the Aga Khan.
What angered his Holiness, the Aga Khan the most was the decline in the group’s newspapers circulation. According to a very confidential source that we spoke, Tom Mshindi was given a dress down by Aga Khan and told to ensure that circulation returns to normal, lest he be fired.
The Situation saw Tom Mshindi the genius Produce Different Headlines for different regions to boost sales but despite all these theatrics, Sales have been dropping because Kenyans are no longer interested with this Bullshit.
In 2 years, Daily Nation sells fell by 16%. In One Year Friday Nation sales decreased by 23% between periods 2014 Dec to 2015 Dec.The East African sales fell 31.5% between Periods Oct 2014-Oct2015, and Lastly, Sunday Nation Sales between January 2016 and January 2014 fell 17%.
Circulation is a testament to responsible, credible and factual Journalism. Nation Media Group’s Circulation along with the Group’s credibility have gone through the floor.
All in all, Tom Mshindi had become a liability.
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