Nation Media Group (NMG) on Friday afternoon moved swiftly to sort a salary processing mix-up that was touching off disquiet in the newsroom, just hours after Business Today reported on the issue.
The payroll hitch had affected newspaper correspondents and contributors, who either got more or less than their dues or missed out completely, payment for the month of June.
A Nation Centre based journalist, excited at receiving a mobile alert from the bank, called BT and shared the good news. “They have rectified the issue,” said the journalist, whom we cannot identify to save his job. “I have my full salary now. It seems the report pushed them to act.”
Most journalists had given up hope of getting the money sooner than end month, but now there is joy all over. The hitch delayed payments for nearly two weeks, pushing employees into financial distress.
Earlier, some journalists had been left in shock after receiving less than Ksh100 as payment. “I was shocked to receive my mobile banking alert with a funny figure when the salary hit my account. I was expecting Ksh50,000 but got only Ksh1,000,” an NMG journalist affected by the issue told BT.
The hitch affected correspondents, who are paid by the 5th of every month. Permanent staff are paid between 24th and 27th and did not report any anomaly.