Updated: Jul 4
News emerging from Nation Center indicates that some of the country’s top journalistic talents have been fired.
A list exclusively seen by KlassikNation.com showed eight renowned reporters and anchors whose terminations took effect on Friday July 3, 2020.
Among those fired are Brenda Wanga (news reporter), anchor Debarl Inea, Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (sports reporter)who have been with the media house for years.
Others on the list are Harith Salim (swahili anchor), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter), Silas Apollo (news reporter) and Ken Mijungu who had confirmed his departure from NTV earlier in the day.
Earlier today, Senior NTV anchor and reporter Ken Mijungu revealed that he had been fired from the station after a seven-year stint.
In a tweet, Mijungu detailed that he was among journalists in the NTV newsroom who were laid off by the Nation Media Group (NMG) that recently announced plans to let go some of its staff over dwindling fortunes.
“The axe fell NTV newsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two page letter of termination. We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you @ntvkenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned, ” the journalist said.
The axe fell on Debarl Inea, who has been hosting AM Live, a political morning show, for some years now.
NMG began the mass sacking yesterday by sending home top editors and managers. The axe fell on Newspaper Division Managing Director Francis Munywoki, partnerships & projects manager and long-serving education editor David Aduda, Business Daily Managing Editor Ng’ang’a Mbugua and Daily Nation News Editor Francis Wanyonyi Wambilianga.
Sources in the know say more journalists are also set to receive their termination letters in the coming days.
In a media statement dated July 1, the company said it was going through hard times due to the effects of Covid-19 on the economy.
According to the company, the “new reality” necessitates the re-engineering of Nation Media Group to accelerate its digital transformation.
NMG CEO’s message
A memo by the Nation Media Group’s CEO Stephen Gitagama earlier in the week had outlined that the media company is keen to retain only those with the relevant skills and expertise.
“This will require retooling and resourcing the Group with relevant skill sets critical for success in the new business environment. Regrettably this will result in reduction of our workforce effective Friday July 3, 2020,” the memo read in part.
NMG becomes the third Media House to sack employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic after Royal Media Services (RMS) and Mediamax Network limited.
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