Nation Media Group has declared some of its employees redundant.
In a statement to newsrooms, the media company noted that its operations have largely been limited by the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“This pandemic has resulted in global uncertainity and unparalleled challenges impacting most businesses adversely. Many companies have either shutdown or substantially scaled down operations due to the drastic decline in revenues. The media industry has not been spared with media houses including NMG, having been severly impacted,” read part of the statement.
“This will include focusing on resourcing people in new areas critical to for the Group as it moulds itself to win in the future. Regrettably, this will result in a reduction of our workforce… We will strive to provide all the necessary support to help them manage the transition.”
One of the top journalists and news anchors Ken Mijungu has revealed that he has been let go.
“The axe fell @NTVnewsroom 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.”
Other casualties include Nation 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.
Others include editions editor Mark Agutu, agriculture editor Julius Sigei, Gabriel Chege of IT, Veronica Chirchir (HR), output editor Joe Mbuthia, Martin Mwangi (Deputy Chief Sub Editor) and Revise Editor Henry Gekonde. Nancy Ogutu, Peter Choge and Momanyi Maosa from the online department/ Nation Digital have also been shown the door.
Others are George Omondi (Business Daily, Section Editor) and Eldoret regional editor (bureau chief) Jeremiah Kiplagat. Ng’ang’a Mbugua was among editors who got promoted in January 2019, moving from Daily Nation to Managing Editor of Business Daily. Joe Mbuthia had been hoisted Production Editor/Head of Production to output editor.