The home of talents Standard Group has been shaken by the economic difficulties planning to axe a total of 170 staff in the next one month.
In an internal memo dated Wednesday March, 18, the oldest and vibrant media house in the country cited economical challenges and plans to realign its media outlets
The over a century old media house started with the East African Standard News paper, to The standard, later launched its first and oldest private TV channel KTN that would later get a 24 hour dedicated news channel KTN News that highly punished other channels forcing them to invent on long news hours during their mid-morning programming.
Standard Group would later launch two TV channels one dedicated to farming issues and KTN Burudani, a 24 hour entertainment channel.
The standard group owns three top national radio station, Radio Maisha, 24 hour reggae music radio station Vybez Radio and hot old and classic music radio station Spice FM.
However in the last Wednesday internal memo the organisation stated that it will in phases lay off 170 workers in various departments.
The memo signed by the group’s CEO Orlando Lyomu cited realignment plans, shifting trends in media organisations, automation in key internal processes and outsourcing of non -core services.
However, all labour laws, employment Act and labour relations of 2007 and the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be adhered to.
Workers who will be affected by the axe will be paid all their working days until exit, severance pay, 15 days as indicated in the CBA for union workers for every year of service, leave days accrued and pension dues.
The one month notice has already been issued and all the affected employees will be notified in writing.
The organisation will as well provide counseling sessions for all those affected by the move.
The Nation media group, Mediamax Limited, Radio group Africa have in the recent past declared scores of workers redundant.
[KTN News Morning express show host Michael Njenga (Left) with KTN News 9 pm Prime time News anchor Akisa Wandera. Photo/ courtesy].
Standard group is known as the home of talents and has some of the best, experienced journalists, reporters and News anchors among them Akisa Wandera, Linda Oguttu, Sophia Wanuna, Ally Manzu, Mary Kilobi, reporters Rita Tinina, Timothy Otieno Hussein Mohammed, Nicholas Wambua among many others.
It produced renowned TV personalities among them Citizen TV’s Joe Ageyo, Mashirima Kapombe, Mercy Kandie, Lulu Hassan, Zindzy Kibiku among others.