Creating compelling content

The Nation Media Group is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa with operations in print, broadcast and digital media, which attract and serve unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. As a brand, we are committed to generating and creating content that will inform, educate and entertain our consumers across the different platforms, keeping in mind the changing needs and trends in the industry.

Swahili station QTV to return on air after three years

Swahili station QTV to return on air after three years

Media house banks on technology to serve its 37 million consumers with world-class content. Nation Media Group (NMG) has announced plans to relaunch its QTV station and introduce more digital products in a rapidly changing media environment.

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Nation Media Group celebrates 60 years of quality journalism

Nation Media Group celebrates 60 years of quality journalism

Nation Media Group staff celebrated its 60 years in the business in the 'Wild, Wild West' fashion at Stima Club in Nairobi on 29th June, 2019 . Employees from all over the country attended the function themed “True and Timeless”, where the call to remain independent, true and steadfast in service delivery was emphasised.

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NMG and StarTimes launch partnership

NMG and StarTimes launch partnership

A well-organised St Mary’s School came from a goal down to edge out Nation FC 2-1 in the fifth minute of stoppage time on Friday 14th June, 2019 in a friendly match that marked the unveiling of StarTimes as the official shirt sponsors of the Nation Media Group football wing at the school’s grounds. Leonard Amboso gave Nation a 31th minute lead before Ajang Kuir levelled matters five minutes before half time capitalising on a rebound off Nation FC’s veteran custodian Fidel Maithya.

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Fireworks as NMG marks 60 years of unrivalled journalism

Fireworks as NMG marks 60 years of unrivalled journalism

Fireworks lit up Nairobi skies Friday night as Nation Media Group (NMG) kick-started its 60th anniversary celebrations. It was a special moment for the media firm as Kenya’s high society joined the board, management and staff in the ceremony.

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Nation Media shareholders to earn Sh942m after Sh1bn profit

Nation Media shareholders to earn Sh942m after Sh1bn profit

Nation Media Group (NMG) shareholders are set to earn Sh942.7 million after the company declared a dividend of Sh5 per share for the year ended December 31, 2018. The group weathered a tough business environment across the region to post Sh1.06 billion profit after tax compared to Sh1.35 billion the previous year, a 21.8 per cent decline.

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Steeped in tradition

1960s

From conception to maturity

By any measure, 1960 was an epoch defining year with the world and indeed Kenya, going through a great transition. From the cold war to independence across the continent, the winds of change were upon the world.  It was during this time of political turbulence, struggle for independence and Pan-Africanism that Nation was born, on March 20 1960. Nation Media Group was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan as a voice for the majority African population. After independence, the Daily Nation newspaper became an effective voice of the people.

1970–1979s

A Decade Later

The Nation celebrated its 10th birthday in 1970. It had turned its first profit in 1968. At the time of the anniversary, both the Sunday Nation and the Daily Nation sold well over 46,000 copies per issue. A new rotary press was installed, one of the most advanced in Africa, which enabled the newspapers to print photographs and advertisements in full colour.

1980s

Highs and lows

Nation’s commitment to high press standards is deeply entrenched in its history. In 1981, at the 30th general assembly of the International Press Institute, the Aga Khan called for higher press standards. He listed responsible leadership, exchange of managerial, editor technical know-how and editorial expertise as ways to enhance the quality of journalism. This idea was realized at Nation through a deal with Florida-based St Petersberg Times, a partnership that provided for the exchange of staffers and information to improve the Group’s standards to a global standard.

In 1985, the Daily Nation marked its 25th birthday with a 102-page giveaway and 86 scholarships to high school students. The decade was however not without its challenges with Nation reporters being banned from the Press gallery and Parliament banning the group’s papers. This was however lifted months after it came into effect.

1990s

Dynamic expansion in the Nation group

The years between 1990 and 2000 saw dynamic expansion in the Nation Group: a new headquarters in downtown Nairobi, a new upmarket weekly, The East African, a $ 12 million (Ksh. 750million) press hall on the city’s outskirts with the latest in printing technology, entry to the internet and crucially, a move into the broadcast media. In this decade, the group also began its journey into electronic media by applying for a license to broadcast. 7 years after its first application, it was awarded TV and radio licenses, but only for Nairobi.

2000–2009s

Nation ventures into East Africa

Debt-free and buoyant at the end of 2002, the Nation Media Group took steps to implement a board commitment to pursue other opportunities and turned its attention to its neighbours in Uganda and Tanzania. Having already acquired a feisty, but hard-up, Kampala tabloid, The Monitor, NMG launched a radio station, Monitor FM 93.3, to capture the prime Uganda audience for news and entertainment.

mr wangethi mwangi, nation media group editorial director, mr mattthew stepka, google director for strategy and mr ian fernandes, managing director, nation broadcasting division, during the launch of a popular video website, youtube, at the nation centre, yesterday. the site www.yuotube.com/ntvkenya will enable subscribers to access television news stories. it will run concurrently with www.nationmedia.com/elections, a website focusing on the local political scene ahead of the december 27 general election. photo/william oeri

Pamela Jelimo of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 800m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (CHINA)

David Kuria a newspaper vendor during the interview JENNIFER MUIRURI (NAIROBI) PETER ODUOR

mr wangethi mwangi, nation media group editorial director, mr mattthew stepka, google director for strategy and mr ian fernandes, managing director, nation broadcasting division, during the launch of a popular video website, youtube, at the nation centre, yesterday. the site www.yuotube.com/ntvkenya will enable subscribers to access television news stories. it will run concurrently with www.nationmedia.com/elections, a website focusing on the local political scene ahead of the december 27 general election. photo/william oeri

2010s

Consolidating our Growth

In more recent times, the Group has continued to consolidate its business and prepare for the future through various projects. Some of these include the refurbishment of its printing press infrastructure in 2010, and its eventual overhaul in 2015 which enabled it to greatly improve its print products for a better reader experience. In 2011, Nation Media Group also expanded its regional fibre optic network to fully intergrate its businesses into one homogenous network. In addition to this, NMG continues to invest in strategic acquisitions and partnerships to secure its future.

A shareholder reads the daily nation during the Nation Media Group annual general meeting on April 26, 2013 at the KICC .JENNIFER MUIRURI (NAIROBI)

His Highness the Aga Khan (center) is shown how the paper is produced by Gideon Aswani the Group Head of Production at Nation Plant (2nd left) during the official launch of Nation Media Group press along Mombasa road on March 17, 2016. The press, which has a capacity to print 86,000 newspapers per hour, is a state-of-the-art facility. Photo | Jeff Angote | Nairobi