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Radio Maisha to Fire All Radio Presenters if They Won’t Return to Work by Noon

by Paul Nyongesa
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Standard Media Group PLC has issued a stern ultimatum to all radio presenters from Radio Maisha, Spice FM, Berur FM, and Vybez Radio, threatening to terminate their contracts if they do not return to their workstations by noon today.

This drastic measure comes in the wake of a mass walkout by the presenters over unpaid salary arrears dating back to June 2023.

On Thursday, July 4, Radio Maisha employees, alongside their colleagues from Spice FM, Berur FM, and Vybez Radio, made good on their threat to down tools in protest against the management’s failure to clear their overdue salaries.

Despite prior warnings issued on June 28, where employees threatened to go off air if the arrears were not settled, the management’s inaction led to a full-scale walkout.

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The journalists converged at the staff cafeteria, demanding immediate attention to their plight. By 7 AM, all radio stations under the Standard Media Group umbrella were left playing continuous music, with no live presenters to engage the audience.

This disruption significantly impacted the stations’ regular programming and highlighted the severity of the employees’ grievances.

According to the radio employees, they have not received their salaries for the months between June and August 2023. Furthermore, in 2024, they allege that only the February salary was paid. In a demand letter signed in June 2024, the journalists requested their June 2024 salary to be paid by Tuesday, July 2.

For the other months, they proposed that Standard Media Group pay 30 percent of the arrears every month until the amount is cleared in full.

In response to the walkout, the management addressed the gathered journalists at the cafeteria, delivering a stark warning: return to work by noon, or face termination of contracts.

This threat has further escalated the tension between the employees and management, leaving the future of live programming at the affected stations uncertain.

“Kindly note that in the event of non-payment as proposed above, all programming will be off air on July 3, on all 4 radio stations until our plight is addressed and a commitment from your end is issued in writing,” the employees had previously warned in their demand letter.

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