Popular K24 News Anchors and Presenters have been fired. Their positions were declared redundant.
On Monday, some K24 presenters said their goodbyes and revealed the next steps they will be taking careerwise.
K24 has been struggling to stay afloat since 2019. The company has finally collapsed under the weight of a tough financial crisis.
The anchors who publicly announced their exit include Mercy Milanoi, Eric Njoka, Shiksha Arora, Karimi Karen, Tony Kwalanda and Shon Osimbo Kyasula.
“My whole team at K24 have been declared redundant. It is well. We served well and we will be victorious till the end,” K24 News Presenter Karimi Karen tweeted.
“I am switching to another station and taking sports to a whole new level. Thank you K24 for the 11 years of great experience. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MY NEXT MOVE!” Sports Anchor Tony Kwalanda said.
“Woop Woop. We are officially separated with my TV wife Karimi Karen and just like she said, the K24 chapter has been closed. Focusing onwards and looking inwards. Anchorman exits the podium, for now,” News Anchor Eric Njoka Ledama tweeted.
“A fresh start…” said News Presenter Shiksha Arora.
“It has been an amazing journey at K24. Thank You for all your support. You all have made the last 5 years absolutely amazing. Thank you for giving me a chance to tell your stories. On to the next one,” Business and Features reporter Mercy Milanoi said.
“All of us have been declared redundant,” said Sports Journalist Shon Osimbo – Kasyula.
This comes after the resigning of media personality Betty Kyallo, who exited on May 30th.
Although she did not disclose the reason for exiting, it has been intimated that the 50% cuts in salaries and the delay in payment led to her exit from the media company.
Moreover, a week ago K24 released a letter imploring President Uhuru Kenyatta to come to their aid.
In the statement, K24 employees revealed how they had suffered under Mediamax CEO Ken Ngaruiya.
They claimed he had not paid some employees for more than two months after they went to court to stop a 50% salary cut amid covid-19 pandemic.
On May 21, the CEO announced the plan to terminate employment of some staff in order to stay afloat during covid-19 pandemic.
On April 21, Mediamax notified staff of intended 50% salary cuts due to tough financial situation brought about by covid-19.
Back in 2019, Mediamax fired 160 employees in a bid to reduce operational costs. Among the employees affected include Mwanaisha Chidzuga and Head of Sports Torome Tiriki.