i-Cable staff protest against sudden dismissal of three experienced staff

Local | 22 Aug 2020 6:03 pm

Some 200 staffers of i-Cable News have signed a petition against a managerial decision to sack three “experienced and dedicated” colleagues, demanding an explanation for the sudden dismissal. 

In an open letter published on Saturday, the group of staff members said they are shocked and furious about the firing of the three employees from the engineering department. 

They said the trio are “core members of the editorial team” who had been serving the broadcaster since its establishment over twenty years ago, and they still took part in editorial meetings every day. 

The staff added it’s worrying that the new directors and managers of the editorial department – who stepped into their positions less than a month ago – claimed they are uninformed about the decision beforehand. 

i-Cable News was rocked by a major reshuffle earlier this month, as three veterans were named to take over its news department. 

“[The departure of the three] was an irretrievable loss to i-Cable News, and the explanations of the new management are hardly convincing,” the staff wrote, adding that the company’s moral had been seriously hampered. 

The staff who’ve signed the petition include those from the engineering department, reporters and editors at local, sports and financial news desks. 

It urged the company’s chairman David Chiu Tat-cheong and its chief financial officer Kwok Chi-kin to explain the matter and whether the company has any further plans to cut staff.  

The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association has expressed raised concerns over the matter, and appealed to owners of media organizations to avoid dismissing staff amid “this difficult time”. 

It said the sacking would serve a blow to the broadcaster's morale, and urged the paid TV station to find alternatives in dealing with financial difficulties incurred by the pandemic. 

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