Alpha Media retrenches staff

HARARE - As competition in the media industry continues to rise, newspaper publisher Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) has formally announced staff retrenchments at the company.

In a statement yesterday, AMH — which publishes NewsDay, the Zimbabwe Independent, the Standard and the Southern Eye newspapers — said it would retrench staff in editorial, advertising and the distribution department.

“The restructuring could result in some positions within the organisation being made redundant,” CEO Raphael Khumalo said, adding that staffing needs would also be reassessed in line with the company’s new converged newsroom strategy.

The retrenchments come barely two weeks after AMH suspended the editor of Newsday, Constantine Chimakure, after the daily published two articles that the newspaper itself admitted suffered “ethical infractions”.
Chimakure was suspended over stories carried in the paper titled “Mbeki speaks on Zim polls” and “Mugabe offers Tsvangirai VP post”.

Both stories were strongly disavowed by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

The media house’s staff recently reported that the company had sent a notice to workers advising them of the staggering of salaries, amid claims that morale among staff at the stable had hit rock-bottom at both its Harare and Bulawayo offices.

AMH is partly-owned and funded by the New York-based Media Development Investment Fund, which also supports Trevor Ncube’s Mail & Guardian in South Africa.


Comments (5)

ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking sports or politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 12 September 2013

It appears that it doesn't rain but pours for AMH. The people I feel for in all this are the poor journalists at the company who will be sacrificed on account of managerial incompetence there. Let's hope that things don't worsen.

Jonso Musorodamba - 12 September 2013

Nice comment Mukoma Jonso. My own wish is that AMH gets out of this mess pretty quickly as we need as many independent newspapers in our country as possible.

Mercy - 12 September 2013

Ivo vanhu ve-Newsday vainyanya kuda kutuka vamwe. Now the whole world knows that they live in glass houses. Kikikikikiki!

Mutongi Gava - 12 September 2013

It is a lesson for all newspapers. What do you expect when you offer adverts for free, you give discounts as much as 70% and you continue to employ and make a lot of noise. Trevor used to comment on trivial issues in the industry and at AMH. Where is he now? Why is he not issuing the statements himself. He leaves poor Khumalo to communicate the sad news to staff members! We pray that this does not go out of hand.

james - 13 September 2013

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