It seems media companies are not holding it down when it comes to resizing their staff as Standard Media that owns KTN becomes the latest to fire some of its journalist and senior staff member.
According to a report that appeared in the local media, most affected members are journalists from KTN and KTN News and The Standard print division.
Among those send home include KTN Managing Editor Ellen Wanjiru, The Standard Sub-editor Anthony Malesi and Kiswahili TV anchor Frank Otieno. Others are reporters Moses Njagi, KTN News Editor Patrick Injendi, John Atambo (Former Kakamega Bureau Chief) and Protus Onyango.
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In the report, Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) Secretary General Eric Oduor confirmed being aware of the sackings. “I have heard about it and I have asked the company to explain to us what is happening and if they don’t we will stop it by court. We have given them until the close of business today to explain to us. We have called for a meeting to understand what is going on. Once we agree with them, then we shall see the way forward. We intend to go to court tomorrow,” he said.
It is reported that the affected journalists received their redundancy letters yesterday on Sunday, November 29, ahead of their appearance before the Human Resource department on Monday, November 30.
Major Kenyan media have been on a firing spree ever since Covid-19 happened in Kenya.
Among the big meg media companies that were forced to send home their work force include, NTV, Citizen and Media Max. Media Max went on record for firing hundreds of its journalists a move that completely changed the face of the company.
This is the second time The standard is sending home its employees in a period of less than 10 months.