But before we can go to the nitty-gritties of it, it is only good to look back in order to try and understand the genesis of the mayhem.
The chaotic state of affairs began when RMS seemingly stretched its hand far too wide in 2018 and brought on board every Tom,Dick and Harry in the industry with an aim to annihilate its closest rivals in the industry.
By then, Citizen TV alone commanded an enviable 50 percent+ viewership in Kenyan TV market and the poaching was meant to steady or soar the market share.
But this unprecedented move that sent shockwaves across the industry has apparently boomeranged on its architects with the TV station’s ratings showing to be on a downward trajectory.
This has been occasioned by among other things, runaway mismanagement and plundering of the company’s resources, something that saw top managers questioned at the DCI less than two months ago.
Additionally, MKN has learnt, a section of the group bosses who were poached from NMG and Standard Group have been in a heightened offensive to frustrate many editorial staffs whom they found at the media house.
For instance, when it comes to feature stories, the old reporters are inadequately facilitated while some have their ideas trashed on flimsy grounds by the poached editorial bosses who tell them that there is no money.
A recent case in point was when the said managers allegedly blocked an NGO sponsored feature leading the company to lose sizeable money.
At the centre of it, we are told, is Linus Kaikai who under similar circumstances presided over the closure of QTV while working for NMG.
A source privy to the whole thing has intimated to MKN that poached reporters are well facilitated to do shallow and sometimes shoddy features whenever and wherever they desire irrespective of whether they will have impact or not.
Asha Mwilu who was poached from KTN News as head of Citizen TV features, we have learnt, took the job on part time basis as she jostles between her TV role and her lecturing job at Multimedia University.
This, we are told, is the main reason why the TV station has of late witnessed a drop in feature stories and when they come, they leave a lot to be desired.
This camouflaged and insatiable greed, the source indicates, has and continues to weigh heavily on the TV station, something that rivals have realized and are exploiting with energy and vigour.
The few who have guts to question the deteriorating state of the features department, the source adds, have been given a features blackout with their stories being killed right left and center as a way to have them shut up.
Other ‘untouchables’ include Muraya Kariuki who joined RMS few months ago, who has made it his daily business to frustrate old reporters dedicated to doing their jobs professionally.
We are told that if you dare challenge him, you can as well kiss your job goodbye as he immediately removes you from the day’s duties.
‘Utanijua’ has become Kariuki and his ilk slogan as they swear to pin down the ‘uncooperative’ old reporters for reasons only better known to the so-called ‘dream team’.
Critics argue that apart from the huge packages most of these poached reporters came on board with, they have nothing to show for them as their impact remains to be seen.
But as the escalating sibling rivalry between the newcomers (dream team) and the old folks continues to take shape, one can only wonder whether the ageing SK Macharia is aware of the huge risk it poses to his media empire.
Already the rivalry has started to show its ugly head with the recent resignations of notable staffs like Saida Swaleh and Hussein Mohamed whom we have learnt quit as a result of being frustrated by their editorial bosses.
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