Eric Knight writing a book on his life
By Esther Gomo (Showbiz Correspondent)
Former ZBC Radio Two broadcaster Eric Knight has revealed that he is writing a book about his life experiences which should be out by December this year. Speaking recently in an interview in Manchester (United Kingdom) where he is now based the ‘Knight Rider’ as he was affectionately known urged fellow broadcasters ‘not to be just newsreaders, but to be newsmakers too.’
Knight achieved legendary status in Zimbabwean radio and television with a string of programmes that endeared him to many. For nearly two decades The General as he was also known was involved in shows like Mutinhimhira wemi Manzi, Surf Pick a Box Show and others.
An oppressive media environment under the regime of former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo forced Knight and some of his colleagues like Ezra ‘Tshisa’ Sibanda, Brenda Moyo, Peter Johns and others to leave the country between 2000 and 2002.
‘When I came to UK in 2002, I worked as a Customer Services Advisor with the UK postal services Company, The Royal Mail. I worked there for one year, then I joined DHL International’s public relations and marketing department as a part-time public relations officer.’
‘I could not work full-time because I was studying for my (Hons) in Journalism & Broadcasting at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2004, due to public demand, my friends Zenzo Ncube, Ezra Sibanda and I established a Radio Station in London, Afrosoundsfm, which became an instant hit internationally. In 2008, I started my MBA in Media Studies. I have since completed it and I am now doing a Doctorate.’
Asked if he missed working at the ZBC Knight said;
‘Missing ZBC? To be honest, I don’t really miss it, because I am doing more or less than what I was doing back home and because of the number of Zimbabweans here, it feels like I am home.’
Knight however is still in touch with one of his former fellow co-presenters John Mzala Phiri.
‘We are still in touch and we phone each other regularly. Our conversations may last up to an hour because we have got so much to share and we never run short of jokes. Mzala is based in Harare but I last spoke to him a couple of weeks back when he was in Bulawayo.’