Royal Media Services (RMS), the holding company for Citizen Radio and TV yesterday fired a number of its journalists, even as media houses start to experience reduced revenues due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Among those shown the door include Nancy Wanjiku Karanja alias Shiks Kapyenga from Hot 96, Syombua Osiany (Radio Citizen), John Maloba (Radio Citizen), Himenigilder Mugeni (Radio Citizen)among others.
Others include John Maloba, Philip Muchiri, Kiama Kariuki, Juster Kathambi, Munene wa Kagwi and Mwenda Litata.
Sources from the media house intimate that several others from vernacular stations were fired.
This comes hours after Mediamax fired over 100 of its employees on Sunday night through text messages.
among the most affected include People Daily and K24, with most staffers who sued the employer being shown the door.
“I am contacting you with regards to the redundancy notice issued on 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 Emory Hotel in Kileleshwa tomorrow, Monday 22nd at 8:55am 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 one text by human resources manager Maureen Wandera .
Among thos who were fired include Kiswahili news anchor Nancy Onyancha (she broke the news on her Instagram), 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 (9pm News Anchor/Editor).
People Daily Managing Editor Ken Bosire and Revise Editor Patrick Wachira have also been shown the door, alongside several other scribes.
K24 has already poached Giverson Maina, Daniel Kituu, Abuller Ahmed, Diana Rose and Nicholas Nduati from Switch TV.