Renowned journalist Larry Madowo has left BBC for CNN as the network's Nairobi-based correspondent. The announcement was made by CNN Senior Vice President of Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe Middle East and Africa, Deborah Rayner.

Madowo was most recently assigned to North America as a correspondent for BBC based in Washington DC where he covered the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 US elections, the death of George Floyd, and the trial of Derek Chauvn.

The former NTV presenter was also a fill-in anchor for BBC  world News America.

"From enterprise reporting in Ethiopia's Tigrey region, to investigations into oils drilling in Namibia's Kavango basin, via a range of cultural and business stories across dedicated programming, Africa has never been more visible on CNN's multiple platforms.

"Larry is an experienced journalist whose expertise across politics, business, entertainment and hard news will play into our diverse coverage of East Africa and beyond," Rayner stated.

Madowo relished the challenge, noting that he is happy to return home to Kenya and Africa.

"I've enjoyed reporting from the US and around the world, but its a real privilege to return to covering africa at such a critical time in Kenya and around the continent.

"I've long admired CNN International's award-winning coverage, and I'm honored to ne joining such a talented team. I look forward to sharing the full spectrum of life in one of the most dynamic parts of the world with CNN's global audiences," Madowo stated.