Wananchi Group


Richard Alden granted bail in murder case

Former Wananchi CEO Richard Alden has been granted bail for KES2 million (US$19,700) by a Kenyan court. Alden, who served as chief executive of the Kenya-based media group until last year and is also a former CEO of Spanish cable operator Ono, has been charged with the murder of Grace Wangeci at his home in […]

Richard Alden pleads not guilty to murder

Former Wananchi Group and Ono CEO Richard Alden was charged with murder at a court hearing on Friday. Alden pleaded not guilty and a bail application will reportedly be heard on June 16. He was arrested last week after Grace Wangechi Kinyanjui was shot at his home in a suburb of Nairobi. A spokesperson for […]

Wananchi secures $130m in financing round

African pay TV and broadband operator Wananchi Group has closed a US$130 million round of funding to fund “growth and expansion in east and southern Africa”. The investment was co-led by existing Wananchi shareholders, including major cable firms Liberty Global and Altice, African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners, Mauritius-based ATMT and new African investor […]

News brief: Zuku poaches Turner exec

African triple-play pay TV operator Zuku has poached a Turner Broadcasting System exec to become its chief commercial officer. Charles Murito was TBS’s director, business development, Africa and the Middle East but will now join the Wananchi Group-owned paycaster as CCO of Wananchi Programming. Wananchi said the move signaled “the company’s dedication to the monetisation […]

Wananchi Group hires former Ono boss as CEO

Wananchi Group, the owner of East African pay TV operator Zuku TV, has appointed former ONO CEO Richard Alden as its new chief exec, replacing current boss Richard Bell. Alden, who has worked as chief operating officer at Wananchi since the start of the year, takes the top job as Bell moves into a new […]

Zuku to expand out of East Africa

Wananchi Group-owned pay TV business Zuku will broadcast its channels outside of East Africa for the first time after signing a deal with Seychelles-based cable operator Intelvision. The three year licensing deal covers Zuku Life, all four Zuku Movies channels and Zuku Swahili Movies, with Intelvision due to start carrying the networks on November 1. […]

DISCOP launches African-Eurasian initiative

TV markets organisation DISCOP is launching a new initiative designed to bring African, Asia and European producers closer together. Producers attending the DISCOP Africa and DISCOP Istanbul events will be invited to take part in pitching, matchmaking and training events aimed at fostering relations between international producers. Guest speakers will include Wananchi Group CEO Richard […]