Monitor Publications Limited (MPL), the publishers of Daily Monitor newspaper, and NTV Uganda under the parent company, the Nation Media Group (NMG) have made changes in the two companies, naming Anthony Craig Glencross as the overall group Managing Director.
AS Group MD for Uganda Glencross will oversee the entire NMG platform in the country, while NTV’s outgoing Managing Director Johnson Omollo has been named as a General Manager in charge of television. Among others named General Manager are Daniel Kalinaki for Daily Monitor Editorial, Moses Ssesanga, former Monitor Manager for Human Resources who is now elevated to General Manager for Human Resources and Sam Barata, who has now been appointed General Manager Sales and Advertising.
Nation Media Group Human Resource Director addressed the staff of both Monitor and NTV today morning, disclosing that the Group, which is also scaling down on the workforce, is consolidating its position on the market.
‘Over the recent past, we embarked on a strategic journey of transforming the Group into a modern twenty first century digital content company. We have made critical strides such as converging our newsroom, launched new innovative products, developed new revenue streams with ensuring we secure our current print and broadcasting businesses. In this regard, the implementation of the strategy will continue to involve the reorganization of our operations across the Group’ reads part of the memo sent to staff of the two companies.
It adds: ‘Regrettably this will result in a reduction of our workforce. This exercise will be carried out with due respect to our employees and within the Kenyan laws. We will strive to provide all the necessary support to help them manage through this transition.’
A source at one of the companies said the restructuring has left many employees of the two companies guessing about their fate, “given that almost half of the current workforce at both newsrooms will have to be laid off.”
Meanwhile, in a related development the Eagle Online has learnt that most staff at NTV are not happy with the changes given that their Managing Director “was demoted to a mere general manger and yet Glencross at the Monitor was elevated to the Group Managing Director in charge of Uganda.”
Another issue that has reportedly irked staff at NTV is that apart from Omollo being named General Manager for TV, no other person at the station was named to a senior position.
The new changes have seen the digital section and part of the editorial departments of both Monitor and NTV move to Airtel House. Last year, Monitor’s Marketing and Advertising Department was also moved to the same building.
NMG is the biggest shareholder in Monitor Publications Limited (MPL), and other subsidiaries of the group include NTV-Uganda that trades under African Broadcasting Uganda Limited (ABUL); the East African newspaper and the KFM and Dembe FM radio stations.