Famous media company Media Max responsible for K24, Kameme FM, and Kameme TV has given its employees a layoff notice. According to the company, the coronavirus pandemic has severely affected its financial streams, and it will not be able to pay all of them.
However, Ken Ngaruiya, Media Max CEO has assured employees that they will pay all dues before laying anybody off. These include any unspent leave days, a one month salary, or an equivalent layoff notice.
This announcement comes days after celebrated news anchor Betty Kyallo left K24. KTN news briefing will replace her program ‘Weekend with Betty’ following an agreement by the two stations. News anchor Erick Njoka has also called out K24 for frustrating its workers. He further claimed that the media house had not paid workers for two months despite the harsh economic times brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
#K24EmbarassesUhuru How @K24Tv treats their employees makes you wonder whether they value them at all. Its why betty kyalo quit k24 in live broadcast. Weekend with betty has been replaced with another programme behind her back meaning she is nolonger needed. pic.twitter.com/VxGQanuYCB
— Tony Montana (@TonyMon16226662) June 1, 2020
You are embarrassing the president.
Netizens online have called out K24 and Media Max, claiming that the media company is embarrassing President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Head of State is a principal shareholder in the company. Recently, Media Max had issues paying their staff and even threatened to slash their wages by half. However, Uhuru intervened, and the whole matter was resolved.
Weeks later, however, the media company is yet to stabilize and has now announced its layoff plans.
“Media Max Limited regrets to announce; that owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has had adverse effects on its revenue streams; it shall reorganize its staff structure and abolish some positions as part of its cost optimization measures in the wake of its new business realities,” read part of the letter.
Netizens see this move as rubbishing Uhuru’s name in the mud, seeing he is campaigning against employers firing their staff. His company, however, is threatening to do exactly what he is fighting against.