Giant Standard Group Media house has finally wielded an axe on a number of staff members in a painful massive layoff.
Reports reaching Homenews.co.ke on Monday Morning of November 30th, confirmed that several senior faces in the Moi-owned media house have been laid redundant.
The axe affected both those working in the electronic and print departments of the company that has been in existence for decades.
Interestingly, some of the station’s long serving figures could not survive the purge, according to our insider sources.
For instance, KTN Editing Manager Ellen Wanjiru, Standard Sub-editor Anthony Malesi and Kiswahili Tv anchor Frank Otieno have been sent home. Further, newspaper department will be losing Mosses Njagi, Protus Onyango, KTN News Editor Patrick Injendi and former Kakamega Bureau Chief John Atambo who left Kakamega just a week ago for redeployment.
All the mentioned persons received their final termination letters last Sunday November 29th from their Human Resource HR Department.
“The affected journalists received email communication yesterday informing them that they have been declared redundant. They were to have a virtual meeting today(Monday), but that was dropped this morning. They were then asked to avail themselves at the HR office to pick their letters. It’s a purge,” the local publication quoted.
Standard Group is owned by Moi Family and runs KTN Home, KTN News, KTN Burudani, The Nairobian Magazine, Radio Maisha, Standard Newspaper, Spice FM, Vibz Fm as well as afew more digital platforms which seem to be their new business focus.
Reports indicate that all the affected persons had been notified through text messages and respective email address.
The Mombasa Road-based company is coming up with a new arrangement where they will set up a newsroom that will allow human resource assets to leverage on achieving their convergence dream.
Early this year, Group’s Chief Executive Director Orlando Lyomu announced that the redundancies targeting 170 staff members would be affected in phases.
He cited difficult economic environment as well as emerging dynamic business challenges which have seen media business shift from conventional paper work to digital. Covid-19 pandemic added weight to this argument.