No one buys Times of Zambia – Information Minister

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Dora Siliya

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya has said Times of Zambia Newspaper is becoming a burden for government to sustain because no one buys the daily publication.

And Ms. Siliya said Times of Zambia employees that are planning to strike beginning tomorrow (today) should realise that the problems of the company lacking money are real.

Times of Zambia employees have now gone nine months without getting their salary.

Journalists there have been forced to rely on trips with some ministers to make money to sustain their livelihoods, and have all threatened not to work starting tomorrow until they are paid.

But Ms. Siliya who is Chief Government Spokesperson said no matter how much money government puts in, it will be difficult to end the problems at the newspaper as a result of poor management.

“Times of Zambia has a management and a board yet, the situation is dire. This newspaper is not selling so why are people going to advertise there. The problems are real because the newspaper circulation is only 7,000 yet it is overstaffed.” Ms. Siliya said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said it will require massive overhaul to revive the newspaper which will not happen overnight.

“The message to the workers at Times of Zambia is that the problems are real and I will not sugar coat them. The problems are real there.” Ms. Siliya said.

The Zambia Union of Journalists which represents the interests of public media workers only announced today (yesterday) that all employees at Times of Zambia will not report for work tomorrow.

ZNBC is another public institution that is limping financially, resulting from mismanagement and appointment of unqualified directors whose Curriculum Vitae obtained by Zambian Watch only shows jokes, as their are no proper achievements in reference among board members.

However, Daily Mail has tried to survive the hardships and is able to make their own money.

Meanwhile, Times of Zambia Managing Director Beston N’gonga just returned from Kenya where he went for an all expenses paid for holiday by the company and stayed at Azuri 5 Star Hotel. He earlier made a direct flight from Dubai to Kenya on his exploration of leisure while reporters go months without pay – Zambian Watch.

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6 Responses to No one buys Times of Zambia – Information Minister

  1. Dora wiyangala, is it not your govt which should recapitalise the media?
    Mukalila imwe pembeleni mukebukisha amapepala aya muleipaisha, you need them badly.
    how do you desperage an institution that belongs to you? You are happy that scores of familes and their depandants are suffering when you are there drinking and enjoying the same tax payers’ money from the media people? You’re already finished come 2021.

    Your govt is corrupt and too much of a liar, so you can only recapitalise marketeers? They will show you what they are made of, they just want your money period.
    Let HH come and arrest you all, viva HH!

    Mulenga Yamfwa
    May 15, 2018 at 12:46 pm
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  2. It is sad that Ba Dora can say that. Do you know how much these families are suffering? Their school children have stopped learning, these people have been kicked out of their homes due to non payment of rentals, while you are busy enjoying yourselves.
    It is like PF have no human face, I am not a media practitioner myself but really are you going to be talking so carelessly like that?
    Do you think these people can trust your govt when you are the owners of the same company?
    Do you think they can vote for you?
    The problem we have here is that the management is poor and incapable, Ng’onga has failed completely, he is just stealing money.
    We need a new govt to look into this and this govt is UPND, because HH is rich and has nothing to steal, while PF are busy stealing money to build mansions abroad.

    As a senior citizen I am really disappointed with you Dora and your bosses who employed you. You are such a liar together with your govt.

    Luckson Daka Mijoni
    May 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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  3. Well too sad for the once most read newspaper in the country which also won numerous awards during our school days at Chiwala, we all relied on it.
    The solution really is to fire the current managing director Ng’onga,he is incompetent and lazy, the last time we saw him he was lean, but now he even failes to breath properly because of weight. bring in a business manager and not a stooge, give him targets, you will see how he will work. Evidence is already there with a little known man called Luanga who had a short but effective spell, he reduced the arrears to none and refused to beg from govt.
    The problems is poor management, fire accounts staff who are related to Ng’onga

    Peter Kalindo Chellah
    May 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm
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  4. Do you expect anyone to buy your newspaper? This is what happens when you politicise the media to the exclusion of others. You need to know that even oppositions have a lot of members who are potential reader and buyers. But they cannot buy the newspaper that is a propaganda machine for the ruling party no matter what type of MD you put there.

    PRESIDENTIAL POWERS
    May 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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  5. The government has no choice but to recapitalise the Times of Zambia as a matter of urgency. It also needs to find money to pay the workers because they have families to look after. Meanwhile, government should investigate allegations of mismanagement against management. It certainly doesn’t make sense that Zambia Daily Mail should perform better than the Times of Zambia, which was for many years the leading newspaper in this country.Established in the 1940’s as Northern News under Rhonro(excuse my spelling), it had increased its daily circulation to 75,000 copies(yes 75, 000 copies) by 1970’s and 1980’s with the Zambia Daily Mail trailing behind at 55,000 copies per day.

    Mtola nkhani
    May 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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  6. Please advertise all senior Management positions in the company.Both present employees and outsiders should be allowed to apply for the jobs.Once this is done,GRZ should recapitalize the company.As for the employees going on strike,this should be a welcome development and should be encouraged to stay away from the premises for much longer.Use the strike period to advertise the jobs and recruitment.Times of Zambia can be saved.

    George
    May 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm
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