Daily News sacks senior journalists as Covid-19 bites

ZIMBABWEAN private newspaper, the Daily News, on Tuesday sacked three senior journalists along with other supporting staff, scaling down its editorial operations, in what insiders described as a downsizing exercise.

With the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown of a part of the economy hitting the media industry hard, the Daily News is the latest media company to feel the heat.

Last month the Daily News laid off three news reporters with the employees being told the company could no longer afford their services.

Insiders told Zim Morning Post that the stable’s news desk now has less than seven reporters to cover the length and breadth of Zimbabwe.

The development comes as Supa Mandiwanzira-owned Business Times recently retrenched senior staff, with the company said to be facing severe economic strain.

Zimbabwe’s media has been hard-hit by the severe economic fallout wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The shift to online consumption of news has also affected viability and has also affected advertising revenue with newsprint production being drastically cut.

Only recently state-owned media group Zimpapers laid off scores of its employees including stringers who were earning ZWL$15 per story published.

In a communique seen by this publication addressed to affected employees, contracts for sit-in correspondents and those on fixed monthly retainers were terminated forthwith.

The management cited the detrimental effects caused by the deadly pandemic on the company’s cash inflow.

The media giant incorporates radio stations Star FM ,Nyaminyami and Capitalk.

It also houses newspaper titles that include The Herald, Sunday Mail, Chronicle, Sunday News, Manica Post, Kwayedza, H-Metro and online content creation channel ZTN.

Source: Zim Morning Post