Reports reaching us indicate that Mediamax Network Limited, the parent company of K24 has fired all its newsroom staff in its broadcaster K24 TV including news anchors only sparing two people, in yet another unprecedented, severe cost-cutting measure.
Sources within the newsroom claimed top news anchors, reporters, and other staff were released from their contracts for opposing a proposed 50% pay cut the company had begun to implement.
According to another source who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke, the two K24 employees who were spared work in the production department and had reportedly agreed to the pay cut terms.
“They let the entire newsroom go, from anchors to reporters to producers to news editors. Only two people who had given their consent to the 50% pay cut. They even laid off people who had accepted the 50% pay cut,”
The SMS in question sent out on June 21 to all K24 staff read as follows:
Hi. This is (name hidden) from HR. I am contacting you with regards to the redundancy notice issued on 21st of May 2020. The notice period has expired. Unfortunately, your position has been affected by way of redundancy.
I would like to invite you to Emory Hotel in Kileleshwa tomorrow, Monday 22, at 8:55 a.m. to discuss what this means to your employment. When you get to the hotel kindly ask for me. We thank you for your indulgence and cooperation in this matter.
Among the K24 employees affected by the matter include Sam Njoroge, Rose Gakuo, Fred Indimuli, Eric Njoka, Karen Karimi, Isabella Kituri, Nancy Onyancha, Caren Kibett, Shon Osimbo, Sara Adams, Joy Kariuki, Joab Mwaura, and Tony Khwalanda.
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