NTV news anchor Ken Mijungu has revealed that he is among journalists sent home by the Nation Media Group following a reorganisation by the media house that takes effect this month. The Group CEO Stephen Gitagama had indicated that there would be a reduction of the workforce effective from 3rd July 2020 owing to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic that has prompted the institution of several cost-cutting measures. The Side Bar host broke the news to his fans through his Twitter handle on Friday, 3rd July 2020.
The axe fell @NTVnewsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two page letter of termination. We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you @ntvkenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned.
— Mijungu (@KenMijungu) July 3, 2020
Mr. Gitagama had also stated that the media house had done the restructuring in order to remain competitive in what was termed as a ‘new reality’ that has necessitated the ‘re-engineering of NMG to accelerate the Group’s digital transformation’.
Ken Mijungu, who has worked at the media house for 7 years, thanked the Group for the opportunity, indicating that he would live to fight another day. Kenyans including fellow journalists sent him messages of encouragement, wishing him the best in his career going forward.
Pole bro and all the best. Onwards.
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) July 3, 2020
You did a great job. Disciplined and diligent. Better days ahead.
— Steve Ogolla (@steveogollaw) July 3, 2020
Media has been one of the sectors affected by the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic both globally and locally. NMG becomes the third media house to lay off employees in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic after Mediamax and Royal Media Services.