Malawi Broadcasting Corporation television personality Chisomo Mwamadi has terminated his services at the national television with immediate effect.
Mwamadi, who made his name through sports journalism for radio before joining the TV station, has picked a job at Central East Africa Railways as Public Relations Officer.
Inside source confided in Nyasa Times Mwamadi has landed a lucrative deal at the national railway company which he could not resist.
The sports presenter has since been replaced by another renowned sports journalist Phillip Business.
Mwamadi’s departure adds to the increasing number of practicing journalists leaving mainstream journalism for public relations job in corporate and non-government organisations for greener pasture due to pitiable remuneration package.
Mwamadi, who has worked for MBC and Calvary family radios before joining the TV, follows in the footsteps of Dorothy Kachitsa, Wadza Otomani, Rebecca Phwitiko, Nomsa Mkandawire Taulo, Oris Chimenya, among others, who have left the national broadcaster in search of greener pastures in the past few years.
The development should leave media owners and managers in Malawi to reconsider revisiting their remuneration package with such increasing numbers of seasoned and award winning journalists leaving the newsroom for corporate and NGO jobs.
At Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) several celebrated journalists such as Idriss Ali Nassah and Arnold Chachacha Munthali, who were editors, reporters Simeon Maganga and Suzgo Khunga, also left for greener pastures in the past year.
Similarly at Nation Publications Limited (NPL), which is one of the well-paying media houses in the country, also lost the services of several senior journalists like Hebert Chandilanga, Mwereti Kanjo, Cheu Mita, Maxwell Ng’ambi, Bright Sonani and Mabvuto Banda in the last few years.