K24 employees are dreading the upcoming retrenchment at Mediamax Ltd, where a big number of employees are being offloaded because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the broadcaster’s income avenues and economic strength.
In an internal memo addressed to the K24 employees, it stated that a portion of the staff will be terminated to cushion for the losses of revenue streams incurred and also to sustain the media house by streamlining operations.
Some of the staff like Eric Njoka who works as a News anchor and an editor stated that problems began in April when MediaMax’s acting CEO Ken Ngaruiya gave a notice stating that the employees would receive a 50% pay cut in the wake of COVID-19.
The fight at Mediamax was because the staff who were affected went to court, challenging the 50% pay cut. They said that employees should have been consulted.
This comes after a recent layoff from the Media enterprise late last year, where 160 employees were sent home by issuing a redundancy notice as of 30th September 2019.
This year, this same fate has landed on the remaining employees following an alleged merge between K24 and KTN from Standard Media to broadcast the Primetime news simultaneously where K24 will air Standard Media prime time news bulletins.
Netizens were very frustrated with K24 on behalf of Betty Kyalo who works as a prime time news anchor dubbed ”Weekend with Betty’‘ and they expressed concern over whether she will be retained in the Media house or sent home like the rest of her colleagues.
They took to various social media platforms and expressed their disappointments with K24 for firing their staff at such a tough economic time globally.
Betty Kyalo did not give a definite answer when she was asked if she was soon to be sacked by her employer K24. She laughed off the comment and hinted that it’s also a rumour to her and she will use another platform like Youtube to continue working and even urged her fans to subscribe to her channel.
Hata mimi naskia tu,anyway we have YouTube channel. We don’t stop subscribe!!
The TV siren initially worked for KTN and decided to seek greener pastures from K24 which is doing a mass retrenchment to stay afloat during these tough economic times.