The Nation Media Group has sacked NTV news anchor and the Sidebar host Ken Mijungu.
Mijungu took to his Twitter handle on Friday, July 3 to break the news to his fans stating that he is among the employees who have been laid off in the ongoing retrenchment.
“The axe fell NTV newsroom 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, ” the journalist wrote.
The media group had on July 1 announced a planned retrenchment owing to reduced revenue part of which was contributed to by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In this journey, the Group seeks to be innovative, agile and adaptive with the objective to take up leadership in the mobile publishing landscape In Africa. This will include focusing on resourcing people in new areas critical for the Group as it moulds itself to win in the future. Regrettably, this will result in a reduction of our workforce. This is an extremely difficult decision in view of the prevailing circumstances,” the statement read in part.
The media industry has been undergoing difficult financial times owing to the growing digital transformation compounded by the outbreak of the Covid- 19 that has slowed revenue stream. Nation Media Group, therefore, becomes the latest media house to join the fray after Mediamax and Royal Media Services.
Mediamax had last month sacked over 100 employees from its newsroom after a salary tussle ended in court. Among those whose contracts were terminated include household names like Jalang’o, Erick Njoka Shon Osimbo and Tony Khwalanda.
In the same month, Royal Media Services followed by sending home its top journalists in the Radion department. Among those sent home included Radio Citizens’ Syombua Osiany, John Maloba and Hot 96’s Shix Kapienga.