By Nanjala Sarah
Things are getting ‘thick’ for media practitioners in Kenya. What has been seen as a luxurious and well paying job is increasingly becoming unreliable and unpredictable.
This has been proven today by one of the Country’s largest media houses, Nation Media Group, who are closing down their radio stations. A press statement released by the media house, which has been in existence for 57 years, stated that they will be shutting down some of their stations in a move to be a 21st century digital broadcaster.
The strategic business move of scaling down its broadcast operations will see the media house letting go of a big portion of their staff who currently working there. The affected departments include Nation Fm, Q Fm and QTV and Rwanda’s K Fm. The radio stations will be completely shut down while QTV will merge with its mother broadcaster NTV.
In part, the statement read:
“We do recognize that today’s announcement will be difficult for the affected employees and their families. The excersise will be carried out with respect to our employees and within the Kenyan laws,”
The news came as a shock to everyone especially the affected employees together with their families as well as the fans of the broadcast.
The media industry has been on shaky grounds ever since the country moved to a digital platform in mid 2015. The move has seen a loss of advertising revenue for the media houses which in turn has led to major down scaling and retrenchment of employees across the media stations in Kenya, with the most affected being the Nation Media Group and the Standard Group.
The closure is set to take effect from 30th June at midnight.