Kasakula reports for duties as MBC director general

George Kasakula, a former Editor-in-Chief at privately owned Times Group, on Tuesday, June 8, reported for duties at his new workplace state-owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) as director general.

Kasakula, a militant columnist in Malawi News for his Hitting the Nail entries and critic on Times Television’s Hot Current, replaces Aubrey Sumbuleta who was fired and is currently answering a spate of charges including sexual assaults on some of MBC’s female employees.

MBC director general George Kasakula

The former English teacher went straight to business on his arrival at MBC headquarters in Chichiri, Blantyre saying he will make sure the state broadcaster delivers to every Malawian’s expectation.

“My vision is to ensure that the public broadcaster advances the interests of all stakeholders in the country,” he said.

Under his watch, he said, the public broadcaster will take a new direction on matters of news coverage and programming, saying the institution is for all Malawians.

‘I am impressed with what I have seen here, the infrastructure is good and I must say MBC has the best equipment for radio and TV.

“What Malawians want now is a different MBC in terms of news, programs and we are taking that direction,” Kasakula was quoted as saying by MBC online.

Both the government and some members of the general public think Kasakula has it takes to turn the MBC tables around after it has, in the recent past, been reduced to a mouthpiece for the ruling party.

Kasakula interacts with one of the senior members of staff at MBC

Kasakula had said after his recruitment had been announced that he was aware of the challenge that lay ahead.

“I know that it is a big challenge because I know what Malawians want. They want an MBC that belongs to them, an MBC that is professional. So, it will be a challenge to change the culture and everybody towards this goal. It is a beautiful challenge and I am ready for it,” Kasakula said.

He had said his first task would be to motivate his staff.

“I will have to build a good team, including that of directors, so that, together, we can achieve this goal. Everything will have to change, including the way they do news,” he said.

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation is a state-run radio company in Malawi. It was founded in 1964. It has two radio stations, Radio 1 and Radio 2, and transmits on FM, medium wave and shortwave frequencies and online.

It also runs the national TV.

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GEB
GEB
5 months ago

All the best George. Bring sanity to the national broadcaster. You’re fit for the challenge. God bless

Prosper
Prosper
5 months ago

Congratulations abambo George! Takulandilani mwabwino.

NABETHA
NABETHA
5 months ago

The best editor in Malawi will miss you at HOT CURRENT sir ++++++++++++++

Yekha
Yekha
5 months ago

Tifuna hot current wina uku ,makiyolobasi abwerenso

Joni
Joni
5 months ago

Ndiye ntchito yilipodi …..nanga mpakana ceiling kumawola chonchi koma ndakayikanso ngati flourescent bulb ikuyakanso!!!!!!!

Mzwanya
Mzwanya
5 months ago
Reply to  Joni

Ndipo sukunama amwene!!! Kukhala ngati ceiling ya ku mortuary amwene

Kamchiputu
5 months ago

The choice one makes at MBC is either to stay or to go.

Shona
5 months ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

MBC, Zodiac,times basi.One party state.

Justice and Peace
Justice and Peace
5 months ago
Reply to  Shona

It’s impossible to return to one part state because the current laws are against it but a weak opposition can create a situation where the ruling party may appear to be the only entity that matters in running the affairs of the country

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