During a live interview of president Kenyatta at Mombasa statehouse, a technical problem has nearly cost journalist their jobs.
Its said that KBC lacked lip sync for their live service – the matching of a speaking person’s lip movements with the spoken vocals that listeners hear.
As a result of the technical error, the entire crew in charge of production, preview, and transmission at KBC both in Mombasa and Nairobi station was allegedly banned.
Among those banned included Francis Ngila who was working as transmission control of the day, Zipporah Simani who was heading TC in Nairobi, and Senior News Producer at KBC Zipporah Muthui. Others include Jackline Wasolo, the producer on duty at KBC’s Broadcasting House Nairobi, Edwin Rasto who was heading Transmission and Sound Operations of the day.
The decision to suspend the crew in charge on that day was taken allegedly by the board of members and executed on behalf of the current MD Samuel Otieno.
The letter dated 11th January noted that the hitch saw the President’s New Year message aired on 31st at 7:30pm lack lip sync.
Lip sync is done through the sound reinforcement system in a live performance or via computer.