Mediamax Network Limited has shocked the media fraternity after sending over 100 staff home through Short Message Service (SMS).
The manner in which the staff was sent packing on Sunday night is what shocked many.
The company laid off its staff, the second time in a year putting job security at the Kenyatta family-owned media house at the edge.
The Human resource manager Maureen Wandera broke the bad news to the staff through messages on their mobile phones.
“I am contacting you with regards to the redundancy notice issued on the 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 the Emory Hotel in Kileleshwa tomorrow, Monday 22nd at 8:55 am 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.” read the text.
[Former K24 Swahili news Anchor Nancy Onyancha. Photo/courtesy].
Those who were pushed out at K24 include, Swahili news anchor Nancy Onyancha Job Mwaura assignments/Swahili Editor, Ken Wariahe (Swahili Anchor and Editor), Isabella Kituri (Anchor/Swahili Editor), Caroline Wambui (acting Managing Editor), Shukri Wachu (Education/Crime Reporter), Apollo Kamau (Political Reporter), Mercy Milanoi (Business Reporter), Joy Kiruki ( Features Editor), Gloria Milimu (Health Reporter) and Kimani Githuku (reporter). Others are Features Reporter Dennis Matara, Sports anchor Tony Kwalanda as well as Fred Indimuli (9 pm News Anchor/Editor).
The sacking was effected in all its stations and departments among them Milele FM, Kameme FM, Msenangu FM, and the People Daily Newspaper.
Recently the staff moved to court to oppose 50% pay cut after the company through CEO Ken Ngaruiya in a memo told its staff that the company was experiencing economic hardships.
The court ruled in favor of the staff and a redundancy notice was communicated.
The sacked crew has already been replaced by Switch TV and TV47 crew members.
Recently, TV personality and K24 News anchor Betty Kyallo left the station saying she was concentrating more on her YouTube channel.