The coronavirus crisis appears to have given media houses a hell of a time managing their budgets due to drastic reductions in advertising inflows.
While most of them have resorted to cutting down staff wages, others have had no better options than to terminate contracts and lay-off some employees.
In the past few weeks, some Ghanaian media houses like Multimedia, EIB Network and Global Media Alliance, have all taken to the latter in their attempt to cut costs and keep things moving as they await the end of the ravaging pandemic.
GhanaXtra has complied a list of some top media personalities who have lost their jobs as result of the struggles their employers are going through during the COVID-19 crisis.
Here are ten of them….
2Naa Ashorkor Mensah Doku
Naa was fired by the Multimedia Group, owners of Joy FM where she worked, supposedly for neglecting her television duties, which was part of the terms of reference stipulated in her contract.
However, it is was reported days back that the media empire was laying-off hundreds of employees due to financial constraints.
We suspect that the beautiful radio and television personality may have been affected by the mass dismissals that happened at the Multimedia Group.
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I have got Good news and bad news everyone! With immediate effect as of yesterday, my now former employers, Multimedia Group, terminated my appointment. That's the bad news. Now for the good news, such situations only give my God the opportunity to show up. It's not an easy time to be out of a regular and steady income. We are not in normal times, but hey, I would like to use this opportunity to encourage everyone who has lost their job or income during these difficult times to not lose hope. Hope is an amazing thing that gives us the ability to stand and trust God in such difficult circumstances. Don't lose hope. Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans. I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Stay tuned for some more news soon.
The 2005 Miss Malaika finalist announced via Instagram that her employment has been terminated after almost a decade at Global Media Alliance subsidiary, YFM.
Caroline did not give reasons why she was sacked, but there are reports that the station has been severely affected by the global health crisis which has limited the inflow of revenue to the youth-focussed radio station.
Caroline joined YFM in 2009 after a two year career with Citi FM.
4Kofi Okyere Darko
The fashion entreprenuer and experienced media personality did the double last weekend by resigning from Starr FM and ending his radio career.
Rumours were rife that his employers, the EIB Network who have been in financial distress for quite sometime now, have been hardly hit by the coronavirus pandemic to the point that a decision to cut employee salary pushed KOD and others out into retirement.
Jon Germain and KOD virtually resigned together under similar conditions.
The two were reported to have sacked themselves after an attempt to battle management over salary issues backfired and screenshots of their alleged WhatsApp meetings with other employees got leaked to the CEO of the EIB Network, Bola Ray.
Jon Germain said he was also retiring from radio on the same day he resigned from Starr FM.
6Naa Adzorkor Addo (popularly known as Ms Naa)
The talented radio presenter disclosed on twitter, she was parting ways with YFM after eleven years at the station.
After 11 yrs of knocking out the competition, my time with my family at Yfm has come to an end. Sad though I might be, I enjoyed every minute of it and am by no means done. Look for your girl cos imma be out there kickin ass and taking names🤗 #ImASavage #podcastondaway
— NaaAdzorkor Addo (@MsNaa) May 8, 2020
Giving reasons for the decision, Ms Naa told her fan that her appointment had been cancelled due to lack of funds to pay her wages.
Chale money no dey😢
— NaaAdzorkor Addo (@MsNaa) May 8, 2020
That’s not all….five others, i.e., Joel Orleans, Blackboy, Agnes Ntow, DJ Snoop and Killerfingerz have also fallen victims to the massive dismissals at YFM.