A NUMBER OF JOURNALISTS TO BE RENDERED JOBLESS COME 2017 AT THE NATION MEDIA GROUP.
By Dennis Milimo
Early this year the Nation Media Group settled on a decision of closing down some of its media houses, ranging from Q TV, Nation Fm to Q Fm and other stations that were outside the country. This rendered a good number of journalist jobless with a few being moved to Daily nation newspaper and NTV.
As this is not enough, Nation Media Group is yet to drop another axe on its workforce come January 2017, if an internal memo served to its employees is anything to go by .More journalist risk losing their jobs as the media house plans to trim its workforce in a bid to prioritize their resources and investment in content development, monetization and innovation in line with emerging trends in media.
According to Clifford Macharia the Company’s head of corporate and regulatory affair, the retrenchment plan is already under way and will take effect come January 2017 going by the memo dated December 20th 2016, which has triggered tension among employees at Nation Media Group.
“Early this year, we embarked on a new strategic journey of transforming the Group into a modern Twenty First Century digital content company. In with this objective, we converged our Business, foreign/international & sports desks in addition to embedding a digital/mobile first culture in the Group. We are satisfied that this process is beginning to deliver the intended benefits including the digital division recording the fastest growth in 2016.
We are now entering the final phase of the implementation. This will involve the reorganization of all our operations across the Group to priorities our resources and investments in content development, monetization and innovation in line with emerging ways that new age consumers are consuming media. This will allow us grow our new revenues streams while securing our current print and broadcasting businesses in a much more efficient and effective manner.
Regrettably this will result in a reduction of our workforce through job redundancies. This exercise will be undertaken in January 2017 with due respect to our employees and within the provisions of the law.
We wish to reassure our stakeholders that we continue to be committed to delivering value in line with their expectations “The memo read.