Top editors abruptly fired, sales department ousted at Daily Monitor

Top editors abruptly fired, sales department ousted at Daily Monitor
Eazzy Banking

The Aga Khan’s Monitor Publications Limited has today pushed out renowned Trade and Finance Editor William Lubulwa after refusing a lesser position in the newsroom.

Deputy Sports Editor Caesar Abangira and Edna Kyokunzire, a Sub-Editor on business desk  also were terminated Monday morning. A reporter, David Mafabi who was Daily Monitor’s Buraeu Chief in Mbale was also asked to leave the company. Mafabi was still trying to put up with the pressure at the head office, just month after being asked to leave his Mbale based responsibility.

The sales department is most affected by the layoffs, with almost all staff there sacked. It had just relocated to a new office along Wampewo Avenue.

There were however promotions for Daniel Kalinaki for Daily Monitor Editorial, Moses Ssesanga, former Monitor Manager for Human Resources who was elevated to General Manager for Human Resources and Sam Barata, who was  appointed General Manager Sales and Advertising.

“We just felt that we weren’t going in the direction that we needed to be going,” Overall NMG chief executive Tonny Glencross was quoted by a source. “The Daily Monitor brand is our brand that has a global reach and we just weren’t getting there fast enough.”

“We don’t do it lightly, but he’s got to build a team with a digital-first mindset to maintain the integrity of the great journalism that we do here,” Glencross was quoted again, regarding the dismissal of so many editors.

The owners announced on Thursday that the media houses are set to consolidate departments and operations with the top bosses confirming that some employees will be fired as the company struggles to sail in the murky waters of digital media.

This week, the axe said to be going to chop reporters in Daily Monitor and Ennyanda newspapers and the two radio stations, KFM and Dembe before moving for senior managers.

The moves come as the Daily Monitor’s print paper shrinks to fewer and fewer pages with ads and the online paper also slips further behind the national competition.

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