Me­dia 24 shuts four lo­cal pa­pers in KZN

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Staff Re­porter

STAFF at four of Me­dia 24’s Fever com­mu­nity news­pa­pers in KwaZulu-Natal were told yes­ter­day that their ti­tles were clos­ing be­cause they were not mak­ing money.

Sev­eral staffers told The Star’s sis­ter pa­per, The Mer­cury, that the Zu­l­u­land Fever, Ulundi Fever, Bal­lito Fever and Dur­ban North Fever were af­fected.

There was no an­nounce­ment yet on the fu­ture of the Up­per Coast Fever.

They said they were told “out of the blue” that they were be­ing re­trenched.

“We were told that Neil Tapinos (pub­lisher) was com­ing for a meet­ing to­day. He walked in and said we were shut­ting down on Novem­ber 28,” one staff mem­ber said.

“We were aware that times were tough, but we were not ex­pect­ing this. There was sim­ply no trans­parency. He said the Fever group, which has 14 ti­tles, was run­ning at a loss and the two Zu­l­u­land ti­tles were the big­gest contributor to that.”

It is es­ti­mated that 17 peo­ple would be out of jobs. They have been of­fered their salaries for Novem­ber, two months’ ba­sic salary for De­cem­ber and Jan­uary (ex­clud­ing any al­lowances) and one week’s pay for ev­ery year worked. Four ed­i­to­rial man­agers in the Fever group in KwaZulu-Natal were re­trenched a month ago.

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