Brian Banda wins best Talk Show host award: NPL, Zodiak wins best media houses in Misa Malawi awards

Times TV presenter Brian Banda has emerged as Malawi media best talk show host after being presented with an award at this year’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi World Press Freedom Day gala awards at the Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu.

Brian Banda: Best talk show host

Brian Banda: Best talk show host

Banda, former host of Capital FM Straight Talk interview programme, received his award after impressing judges for his Times TV no hold barred interview programmes on Saturday evening.

The presenter worked at State House press officer during former president Joyce Banda reign but reverted to media work after his contract was terminated when JB lost elections last May.

From Times Group, there were also awards for editor Gracian Tukula as newspaper columnist of the year and Agness Mizere (blogger of the year), Gregory Gondwe won Business and Economics Award journalist of the year while Charles Mpaka scooped the Best ICT award. Rachel Mhango was awarded the best maternal health reporter in electronic category.

Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) retained the Electronic Media House of the Year Awards but lost most of other individual awards which Zodiak journalists dominated to new faces from other radios.

Nation Publications Limited retained the Print Media House of the Year accolade.

There were no awards for the online media houses.

Nation journalists also dominated individual awards including Lilongwe bureau chief Samuel Chunga (Overall Winner, Environmental Sustainability and Water and Sanitation—Print), Mzuzu bureau supervisor James Chavula (Hunger and Poverty Award and Tourism Journalist of the Year—Print), sub-editor Kondwani Kamiyala (Education Journalist of the Year, Human Rights Journalist of the Year and Universal Primary Education Award) and senior news analyst Peter Kanjere (Sports Journalist of the Year).

Other awards went to Nation news analyst Rebecca Chimjeka (Investigative Journalist of the Year—Print and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment), reporters Lucky Mkandawire (Photojournalist of the Year and The Hennox Mazengera Financial Journalist of the Year—Print ), Bobby Kabango (Chichewa Journalist of the Year) and Watipaso Mzungu (Maternal Newborn Health Journalist of the Year—Print and HIV and Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis).

During the gala, Nation former managing editor Edward Chitsulo, who died in March this year, was honoured post-humously with the Lifetime Achiever Award.

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24 thoughts on “Brian Banda wins best Talk Show host award: NPL, Zodiak wins best media houses in Misa Malawi awards”

  1. Petulo says:

    Congrats Lucky and Kondwani. Proud of you guys!

  2. woow! thats great mile in life big up bro.

  3. Teacher says:

    But this Brian Banda’s record as a press officer with JB isn’t that good. He is one of the many bootlickers in town given a chance. He was not the same, he never preached what he seems to ask his interviews when he had a bans in his mouth.

  4. Nyirenda says:

    zodiak idandikhumudwitsa nthawi ya chisankho cha may 2014 ndidaleka kuyikonda ine.

  5. MIKE says:

    thanks for the update. i dont think electronic media can stand on this..
    simutha guys,, you can easily tell kuti aka ndi ka DPP aka ndi ka PP ETC..
    mukakhala serious next time muzawinako..


    congulax mr Banda & LBS

  7. Nkhotakota says:

    Brian Banda congrats you deserve….

  8. Eish says:

    Brian Banda yemweyo kuti wawawa

  9. opportunist says:

    Brian is genius .I like ur programs .Umaitha.

  10. chejali says:

    Kkkkkk iwe kaliati ndiwamisala

  11. Kokotowa says:

    Anali kale uyu!


    With your name BRIAN, man you are bright. A TIMES,Send him to school akawonjedzere another gear. Coming better, really.
    Keep it up.

  13. edda mwalweni says:

    Congratulations to you Brian

  14. What about pilirani phiri

  15. khuere says:


  16. khuere says:

    Brian you diserve that award, thanks for the job well done contiue the good work with no fear or favour,GOD BLESS YOU AND BLESS MALAWI.

  17. Taquin says:

    Ah ah, Zodiak yakhalanso number one? Wow wow wow!!!! Koma these guys are just the best mmmmmh…….. Koma izapezekanso wayilesi ina kuposa Zodiak m’malawi muno? Ine Gospel ndimamusilira bwanji. Ayi pitilizani ntchito yabwino a Zodiak yotumikila a Malawi

  18. Pichi says:

    Online Media you suck a great deal. Too much sensationalism and irresponsible journalism. Its too bad despite the fact that your are better placed to inform the masses profesionaly. Shame on you guys all of you!

  19. Noor Adilah says:

    Koma abale ngakhale ndisali ntolankhani koma i find the story somehow, akuti “ZBS retained the best electronic media house of the year but lost most awards bla bla bla” Za chani? To me i personally salute ZBS becoz its not easy to get 6 awards in the world of stiff competition like ours (Im talking about a country of more than 20 media houses), and on top of those 6 awards MISA nkudzona kuti zodiak is the best electronic media of the year, wow!!! Congratulations Gospel and your team, and Congratulations to all those who were awarded, its not easy….. Team media houses in Malawi!!!! God bless Malawi

  20. tuvi says:

    you simply deserve it Brian, you are in your own class. by the way where is Pilirani phiri?

  21. Mmasomwambuyanu says:

    Congrats Brian….You are simply the best!!!! Thumba la Tambe is my favorite and i like your spirits tackling issues head on without fear or favour.

  22. Wanex banda says:

    Ineyo ndili pati?

  23. Muyande says:

    Congrats,Brian and continue with your brilliant work!You are our “Robin White”!

  24. Piche Yakiti says:

    Brian, koma mai Kaliati anakutengetsa….after the exclusive, did you talk guys kapena mumatsonyana mu corridor?

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