The Standard Media Group intends to fire more than 170 employees allegedly over claims of redundancy.
The Media Group’s CEO Orlando Lyomu sent out a memo to employees notifying them of the move to fire them.
He cited that the company was forced to do so so as to restructure the company’s all-round operations in line with the tough economic times being experienced globally.
“I wish to notify you of the company’s intention to declare redundant about 170 positions across various departments. The company therefore gives you one month’s notice of its intention to declare redundancy with effect from the date hereof. The affected employees will be informed in writing,” read the memo.
A section of Kenyans took to social media to express their disappointment with the media group for being heartless by intending to fire employees at a time when the world is battling the coronavirus crisis.
Standard Media Group will be the second media company to fire a large number of employees, after Mediamax which recently laid off a notable number of high profile employees such as Mwanaisha Chizuga and Ahmed Balo.
The Standard Media Group owns Radio stations such as Radio Maisha, Spice FM, and Vybez radio. It also owns TV stations such as KTN and KTN News.