Celebrated news anchor Dennis Okari has announced his exit from Nation Media Group owned station NTV.
Okari is the latest to be affected by the ongoing retrenchment at Nation Media Group.
On Monday, December 5, 2022 Okari used his socials to bid goodbye to his fans and viewer’s goodbye as his relationship with NTV comes to an end.
“My assignment at NTV has come to an end. I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to serve.
I gave it my all. But I could not have of done it without the help of an incredible team. I hope they continue to shine. It’s time to move to something bigger and greater than myself,".
Mark Masai fired by NTV
Just the other day, Mark Masai was also fired by NTV after 14 years.
In a tweet, Mark said that he enjoyed his stay at the Kimathi street placed media house but will be back soon.
“NTV Kenya is a great team! These are different times. Was a great show. Time for short a commercial break. I'll be back! #FadeToBlack #StayTuned,” read a tweet from Mark Masai.
Reports indicate that the management at the Twin tower placed media house opted to sacrifice some of its top earners in a bit to cut costs and remain afloat.
In a separate post, Mark put up a 15 seconds video capturing his before and after transformation saying he will be back soon.
“I will be back, Stay tuned,” read hashtags from Masai.
At the same time, the Print Department at NMG is said to be the most affected by the retrenchment.
Top editors including Editors Guild President Churchill Otieno who was the managing editor for Nation Africa has been fired.
Otieno bid goodbye to his colleagues at NMG as he leaves the media house via email.
"After spending the last two decades building breaking news platforms, the time has come for me to break my own news, It's time for me to leave the Nation Media Group. It has been a privilege to serve at NMG, and a prodigious honour to be part of the most committed team of journalists and media professionals in Africa.
"I walk away with lots of fond memories in my heart and compelling lessons in my mind, all rolling into many impactful stories over the years," read part of the Email from Otieno.
Other big names laid off at Nation Media Group include; Vincent Achuka, Silas Apolo, Guchu Ndung’u, Peter Ngare, and Muthoni Kariuki.
The notice by Nationa Media Group CEO Stephen Gitagama indicated that the company had to make the decision in a bid to align with the prevailing market situation.
"At the beginning of this month, we announced changes to accelerate our business transformation agenda to assure our success in the long term and the sustainability of our journalism. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each one of you for the role you continue to play in our transformation journey with diligence, commitment, and passion," the CEO stated.