More journ job losses as Primedia Group starts retrenching
The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is concerned by the ongoing waves of retrenchments at media houses countrywide, the latest to be announced being at Primedia Group, which has 786 full-time employees, including 323 at the largest division, Primedia Broadcasting (947, 702, KFM, CapeTalk and Eye Witness News). The media group hasn’t announced how many employees will be affected.
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According to SANEF, approximately 700 jobs have been lost already through retrenchments in the print media sector, including the closure of Associated Media Publishers (AMP), the selling of the magazine division of Caxton and also the closures of approximately 80 small print media publications, across the country, organised under the umbrella of the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP).
SANEF has noted the severe hardships of journalists and media workers who have lost, and who face the loss of, their jobs but also the problems for democracy of a shrinking media industry with shrinking newsrooms and fewer publications and media entities to cover the stories of all our citizens. The forum believes that South Africa needs to hear more voices — and from all provinces — if we are to ensure a robust and thriving democracy.
SANEF recently launched a media relief fund with commitments from MTN, First Rand, Alan Gray and Nedbank and the Open Society Foundation. The first round of applications to the relief fund is now closed but the next round of grants will be announced shortly.
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