NTV news anchor Ken Mijungu is among the 50 Nation Media Group (NMG) employees who have been sent home in a move that was necessitated as a result of the decline in revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Twitter post, Mijungu, who is a trained lawyer, thanked NMG for giving him an opportunity to work at NTV, he also showed his gratitude to his fans and supporters for always staying tuned.
He was, however, shocked that his 7 years of service to the media house was summed up in a two-page termination letter that was handed to him earlier today.
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
Earlier this week, NMG sent out a circular to its staff that stated that the media house will be realigning its business and gravitating towards a digital strategy.
“It is an extremely difficult decision in view of the prevailing circumstances and we understand the impact this will have on those affected and their families. The exercise will be carried out with utmost respect to our affected colleagues and in adherence to the Kenyan labour laws,” the statement reads.
The layoff comes at a time when most media houses are downsizing to survive the COVID-19 pandemic disruption. About a fortnight ago, Mediamax sent home nearly 100 employees while Royal Media Services sent home about 50 staff.