Reprieve to Citizen TV Journalists in New Salary Directive

  • Royal Media Services (RMS) has resumed payment of full salaries to all its staff and correspondents. 

    In a memo signed by the Group Managing Director, Wachira Waruru, the board approved the resumption of full salaries, nearly two years after the company implemented pay cuts following the effects of the pandemic.

    Waruru lauded the staff for their cooperation during the period that had seen their pay reduced by large margins. 

    A File Image of Citizen TV Studios

    A File Image of Citizen TV Studios

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    “In March 2020, I issued a communication to all staff on the pandemic and its impact on our business. I explained the unfortunate necessity to implement salary cuts and the board has been reviewing the situation throughout this period.” 

    “On behalf of the Board and Management, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to each one of you for your sacrifice and patience throughout this most challenging period. We look forward to your continued diligence and commitment as we work to restore the company to full recovery,” read part of the Internal Memo.

    The initial pay cut directive had subjected all the staff to a 20 to 30 per cent reduction in their gross monthly salaries. Further, the employees were also divided to work in shifts in a bid to reduce the chances of contracting the virus. 

    Waruru had promised to reverse the directive once normalcy was restored. 

    “Though the above measures are hard and drastic, we urge all to take this move positively. Our commitment is to ensure that staff is able to meet their needs during these difficult times,” read part of the letter dated March 27, 2020. 

    At the time, other media houses also effected pay cuts.

    Nation Media Group, in June 2020, announced a salary pay cut that ranged from 5 to 35 per cent, depending on gross earnings. NMG’s Executive Director, Stephen Gitagama, however, announced the reinstatement of full pay for all its staff one year later. 

    Standard Media Group, in April 2020, announced that staff earning Ksh100,000 and above would get a 25 per cent reduction while those earning Ksh100,000 and below would have a 20 per cent reduction in salaries. Other employees were also sent on leave in order to reduce costs. 

    The directive was, however, reversed on June 17, 2021, as the company resumed the full salary payment to its staff. 

    Standard Group headquarters along Mombasa Road, Nairobi

    Standard Group headquarters along Mombasa Road, Nairobi

    Simon Kiragu


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