After over 5 years at Royal Media Services (RMS), which owns Citizen TV, Hot96 FM and Radio Citizen as well a host of local vernacular radio stations, Mac Otani has left the broadcasting and media firm to join Nation Media Group (NMG) as an Online Sub-Editor.
Apart from subbing online content in his new role, Otani – who joined NMG’s office at Nation Centre on January 2 – is also the Social Media Manager for the group’s two titles – that is ‘Daily Nation‘ and ‘Nairobi News‘ – and develops and writes his own content for online publication. He reports to Churchill Otieno, NMG’s Digital Editor.
(TOP: Mac Otani, who joined NMG as online sub-editor and social media manager in early January).
Otani has had a long experience in doing radio news, having been in this field for over 11 years while also dabbling in social and digital media.
At Royal Media, he was the Radio News Editor, Social Media Manager and the website content producer and writer for the Citizen portal. He was also instrumental in the production and growth of Royal Media’s social media news for its radio channels.
Prior to Royal Media, he worked as a Parliamentary Reporter and Editor at Radio Umoja between 2007 and 2009) before moving to Ghetto Radio where he served as News Editor and Manager till 2012. At Ghetto Radio, where he was part of the founding team, he helped establish the newsroom, assisted in the search for a sponsor and also boosted its online news presence.
Coming at a time when NMG’s focus is solely on how to “prioritise resources and investments in content development, monetisation and innovation in line with the emerging ways that new age consumers are consuming media”, Otani seems to be part of the team that the group is currently looking up to in its journey to “transform into a 21st century digital media house.”
Apart Otani, the other member of the team which is being coordinated by Churchill Otieno is Collins Nabiswa, the group’s Social Media Editor.