Kameme K24 Journalists Sacked: 160 Mediamax Network Limited employees have been sent home. The journalists received termination letters, a month after the Kijabe Street-based media company gave notice of mass firings. The move to sack the journalists is being seen as the worst to have hit a media organization in recent times.
A staff meeting was held at the media house’s offices where the HR department and the acting CEO Ken Ngaruiya briefed the employees on what to expect later on in the day.
“As a company, we’ve tried everything, we looked at all the conditions including economic conditions and tried to minimize the effects of the proposed redundancy. We have followed all the due legal processes to ensure that the redundancy effect and the process is done in the best way possible. It’s been a difficult one month for everyone and it doesn’t go unnoticed,” Ngaruiya said.
Here is a list of seniors editors and prominent journalists who have been sacked from K24:
✓Fred Njiri – Managing Editor K24
✓Tony Timase – Head of Business k24
✓ Torome Tirike – Head of sports
✓Franklin Wambugu – Managing Editor, Swahili
✓Frankilin Macharia – Senior Reporter
✓Anders Ihaji – political reporter
✓Ali Mtenzi- deputy Managing Editor
✓Mwanaisha Chidzuga – Swahili anchor
✓Juma Bhalo – Swahili Anchor
At the MediaMax vernacular docket, Moses Kanyira is the biggest casualty. He has been fired after working at the station for 17 years.
1). Moses Kanyira.
2). Man Nyari (re-hired after public demand).
3). Keziah wa Kariuki.
Mediamax is the holding company of the People Daily Newspaper, Tv stations (Kameme and K24) Radio stations ( Emoo FM, Milele FM, Kameme FM, Msenangu (formerly Pilipili FM), Mayian FM and Meru FM). The current reorganization is meant to reflect the loss of revenue streams and adjust to the recent economic downturn.