Kenya Film Classification Board boss Ezekiel Mutua on Sunday 28 March 2021 heaped praises on media personality Grace Msalame as he told other hosts to imitate her show dubbed Unscripted With Grace.
Taking to his social media platforms, the self-proclaimed moral cop said that Grace Msalame’s show on NTV epitomizes true journalism where real issues and people are the center of focus – not drama, not the presenter, but the people.
He added that Msalame’s guests are treated with respect, grace, and empathy, further adding that the host is professional to the core.
“Young TV show hosts, especially women, need to emulate this. Journalism is about the people and issues. News sources or guests should be treated with respect, empathy, and utmost professionalism. Kudos Grace!,” read his statement in part.
Grace Msalame's #UnscriptedWithGrace on NTV epitomises true journalism where real people and real issues are the centre of focus – not theatrics, not the presenter, but the people. Guests are treated with respect, grace and empathy, and the show host is professional to the core! pic.twitter.com/mt1RBK7spt
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS (@EzekielMutua) March 27, 2021
Ezekiel Mutua’s remarks come at a time when Homeboyz Radio has been put on the spot after three of its now-former employees Shaffie Weru, DJ Joe Mfalme and Neville Musya victim shamed Eunice Wangari who was thrown off the 12th floor of a building after she denied her Facebook boyfriend’s sexual advances on a date.
Their discussion which took place on Thursday 25 left bitter tastes in Kenyans’ mouths as they went on to call them out and asked the radio station to take action against them.
The three Lift Off show hosts have since seen their contracts terminated by the station and the parent company Radio Africa Group.
In a statement, Homeboyz Radio General Manager Somoina Kimonjino said that the comments of their now former employees were neither authorized, approved nor cleared with the company nor was the subject discussed and or authorized by the company’s senior leadership.
She added that firing the three was the right thing to do. The trio had earlier issued an apology before being suspended for two weeks.
Following their insensitive discussion, East African Breweries Limited (EABL) withdrew its advertisement on Radio Africa Group.
EABL said that it had asked RAG to conduct due diligence in the selection of presenters and embed a robust consequence management plan on those that do not abide by the code of conduct.
Homeboyz Radio faces another setback after Communication Authority slapped it with Ksh. 1 million for the presenters’ oblivious remarks against women.
The authority’s director-general Mercy Wanjau also directed the radio station to publish a public apology in two newspapers with nationwide circulation and air the same apology on the station during prime time starting from Sunday, March 28, for the next five days.