I was told to drink and smoke: TV siren Betty Kyallo

KTN TV host Betty Kyallo
  • Betty confessed that she was advised to smoke and take whisky so that she would have a better voice for TV
  • A colleague also advised her to take yoghurt before going to read news and she says that only messed things up for her as she read news
  • She said that her personal life has been shattered with her public life as the public wans to dictate her life as per their expectations


In one of the most candid interviews she has ever given celebrated Friday Briefing KTN TV host Betty Kyallo has said that as she started out, some industry players advised her to drink whisky and smoke so that her voice would be good for TV.

“I was told that whisky would make my voice husky and that smoking would make it deeper. But of course these were never an option for me.

“James Karani (former KTN anchor) convinced me to take yoghurt before going on air to make my voice softer. I do not know if he was being serious or playful because I ended with my mouth being full of saliva. I had to pause and swallow in between sentences while reading news,” she told the Standard Insight, the company’s corporate magazine.

She went ahead to open up about her breakup and motherhood as well as her personal life.

“When I was going through a rough patch, I made a conscious decision not to let what other people said or thought get to me. We all have the freedom to live as we want and make mistakes. I will not let other people’s expectations of me dictate my life,” she remarked.

“Most people do not realise that there is the career aspect of Betty and a private life. At the end of the day, people forget that I am human and supposed to live my own life. I am not special, it is just that my output is seen on a public platform. I go through the same things other people go through.”