Solomon Mugera is the regional editor for BBC Africa. He oversees the managerial and editorial direction of 12 BBC Africa language services, digital and TV programmes with a combined weekly audience of nearly 100 million. He leads an award-winning team that’s spread across various locations in Africa and London.
Solomon has been instrumental in transforming BBC Africa from being a heavily radio focussed broadcaster to a multimedia operation. Over the past two years, he led the expansion of BBC Africa following new funding by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The expansion, the biggest since the 1940s, has delivered six new language services, enhanced digital development, investment in seven new TV programmes and the establishment of two multimedia production studios in Kenya and Nigeria. Nairobi is now home to the BBC’s largest bureau outside the UK.
Previously Solomon worked in various BBC World Service departments and also headed the BBC Swahili service. He began his journalism career in Kenya where he first worked for the state broadcaster, KBC, later joining the privately owned Kenya Television Network (KTN). Solomon holds a Masters Degree in Media Management and has more than 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist.