The Standard Media Group radio department has threatened to go off air starting July 3. This decision was reached during a meeting held by staff from Radio Maisha, Spice FM, Berur FM, and Vybez Radio on Friday, June 28.

The Standard Media Group radio department has threatened to go off air starting July 3 if the company does not clear outstanding salaries.

This decision was reached during a meeting held by staff from Radio Maisha, Spice FM, Berur FM, and Vybez Radio on Friday, June 28.

In a letter addressed to the Standard Media Group PLC management, the radio team complained about not being paid for the periods between June to August 2023 and February to June 2024.

“The matter of unpaid regular salary and mounting arrears, as you’re aware, is one of urgency. As a department, we need to have this matter addressed,” the radio team demanded.


The journalists expressed frustration over receiving inconsistent payments despite multiple promises to the contrary by the employer.

In their demand letter, the radio team asked for 100 percent payment of salaries for June 2024 by July 2 and consistency of the same moving forward.

“With what is collected each month vis-a-vis what the salary burden is, let the amount be earmarked and kept aside to service salaries unfailingly,” the team indicated, acknowledging the company’s economic hardships.

For the salary arrears, the team demanded that Standard Media Group pay 30 percent of the arrears every month until the amount is fully cleared.

The radio department noted that a meeting with management had been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 4.

“Kindly note that in the event of non-payment as proposed above, all programming will be off air on July 3 on all four radio stations until our plight is addressed and a commitment from your end is issued in writing,” the radio presenters threatened.

Earlier, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) boss Francis Atwoli remarked that he had spoken with the company management to clear the salary arrears.

“What we are praying is that it (the company) should not go under because it might not come out after it has gone under and it will be a big problem,” the trade unionist said on Wednesday, June 19.

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