Mediamax Chief Executive Officer Ian Fernandes has resigned after five years of service at the mediamax limited which owns K24,KamemeTV, Mayian FM, Meru FM and Emoo FM and Asena FM.
According to reports, Fernandes, who joined the station in May 2014, is leaving the media house to pursue personal interests.
Before joining Mediamax, Fernandes worked at the Nation Media Group as the Managing Director Broadcast and Digital Divisions.
Fernandes, who is an engineer by training, worked for KTN as Group Technical and Production Director between December 1993 and December 2004.He has also served as an Information Communication Technology Consultant with KPMG.
Last year, Fernandes was elected the Media Owners Association Treasurer.
Fernandes also presided over the retrenchment of a number of former Citizen TV and KTN staff who had been poached with ‘huge salaries’ by former Chairman Granton Samboja, with some pocketing thrice what they were being paid by their former employers.
Some of the staff who were retrenched include ,Beryl Otieno,Tom Mboya,Anne Ngugi, Nyatichi Nyasani, Rashid Ronald, Zawadi Mudibo (who later returned before leaving for BBC), Joyce Mkawasi, Caleb Karuga and Yassin Juma.
Recently, the media house hired former International Criminal court (ICC) suspect Joshua Arap Sang to its Kalenjin station, Emoo FM, after years of being off the airwaves.Sang is claimed to have a major following in the Rift Valley region and his return on the airwaves is deemed to increase the station’s listenership.
Mediamax has been struggling ever since Uhuru family snatched the management from the founder Rose Kimotho and its believed that its her curse that follows the station.Though the current management have pumped enough money in the company, they are yet to get value for their money.Rose Kimotho later started Three Stones TV which also hasn’t performed better.During her tenure,Mediamax was performing much better.