Galaxy FM reporters not paid for six months

Galaxy FM Radio reporters have not been paid their meagre per-story wages in the last six months without any convincing explanations, accusing their employer of being “insensitive.”

Galaxy radio

Galaxy radio

Nyasa Times understands that the reporters, most of them stringers in almost all the districts in the country, were only rigorously used prior to the May 2014 tripartite polls to mouthpiece for the now ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Nyasa Times further understands that the broadcasting house is wholly owned by the DPP hierarchy to “score” political points. The party also owns online news site Malawi Voice.

“We were used for the elections and then dumped,” one of the reporters who spoke on condition of anonymity told Nyasa Times. “Even then, the allowances were far from inspiring.”

The reporter, in one of the cities in the country, said it was “difficult to survive.”

He said the last time they had been paid was last December and then too it was a “hustle” to get what they were owed to.

“The K500 they pay per story is already too little, and yet they will take months to pay,” he said.

According to Nyasa Times sources, management claims to be facing “dire economic constraints.”

But the reporter parried away the claim arguing management “wouldn’t be recruiting new staff” if it was economically struggling.

“They recruiting new journalists instead of managing the few of us available,” he said.

To survive the reporter said he manages allowances from “function coverage” and workshops or trainings by non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

But Galaxy FM station manager Alfred Banda at the headquarters in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe said it “was not true” that the reporters hadn’t been paid in half a year.

“I’m told that used to happen, but we settled all the arrears,” said Banda. “We don’t owe anyone.”

Banda said he assumed his post in 2012.

“It is not true,” he insisted.

Journalists in Malawi are some of the underpaid with most getting forced to delve into soliciting bribes from sources to publish or not publish certain stories. The trend, in most cases, has resulted in lack of an independent media in body in the country otherwise supposed to be championing the “watchdog” role for the government.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) – Malawi President Thom Khanje had promised to fight for “better pay” for journalists in his manifesto prior to the elections.

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Guest

Thats why i refused to work with Galax FM,i new by the working conditions very bad and without mitivation,,sory my friend DCG.

Mary Mtengera
Guest

Nde kuzunzikatu uku!!

Kaya ine
Guest

Kaya Dziko fm ndiya chakwela kaya ndiya ndani zilibe ntchito, nkhani ndiyoti atchito ake akulandila mwezi ukatha ,pamene ku galaxy zikukanika sima reporters okha omwe sakulandila. mpakana titchule mayina? galaxy is a mess thats the fact

Madzi amphale sokumwa
Guest
Madzi amphale sokumwa

How can you work half a year without pay? Koma ndikumapita ku ntchito daily hahahahaha osasiya bwanji?

kanyimbi
Guest

So you receive K15,000.00 per month (if you are able to write a story daily)? Didn’t you have career guide at secondary school? Why did you choose that miserable job? Ndiye bolanso kumaotcha kanyenya.

Amandah General
Guest

It’s part of life

Manyasa
Guest

In Malawi we only have 4 Private Media Houses that are stable: Nation News Paper, Capital Radio, Times and Zodiak. all the remaining will soon close down. They have no foundation and Target Listenship.

Bwana Peter, please bail out your Radio is collapsing.

Chibanja tv
Guest

Pius Nyondo kuchita kutumidwa pamene paja kuti aipitse mbiri ya Galaxy Radio. Nanga simunena bwanji kutinso anthu adziwe kuti Dziko FM ndi ya Lazurus Chakwera? Galaxy fm central region you can hear us at 90.8fm, Galaxy the voice of Malawi!

malawian@mw.com
Guest

Juma started engaging media employers and managers and since this is their domain they are investigating the matter for action.

osman usu justin
Guest

The voice of DPP not the voice of Malawi

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