Jan 13, 2016 News
– Board announces revitalising project for 2016
Even as the National Communications Network (NCN) continues to run at a major loss, over the last two days the positions of the Chief Executive Officer, Human Resources (H.R.) and ICT Manager, have been voluntarily vacated.
The current situation at NCN however indicates that 150 persons remain within the company’s employ, with the board announcing a major revitalising project for 2016.
Via a communiqué issued yesterday, the board announced that advertisements will soon appear for suitably qualified persons to fill various posts within the entity.
Chief Executive Officer Molly Hassan has already tendered her resignation to the company’s board giving three months’ notice, as stipulated by her contract.
Hassan has served in the position for just over a year and a half.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has responsibility for the state media, had wanted Hassan to be transferred to the Marketing Director’s position while a new CEO was being sought. But Hassan has reportedly decided to completely move on.
Information from within the NCN is that following a meeting, the staffers were asked to submit their list of duties yesterday. Additionally, the Daren Khan H.R. Manager, who also doubles as the ICT manager, was reportedly asked to tender his resignation.
Staffers confirmed that he walked out of the NCN compound just after 14:00hrs.
Meanwhile, the Board of NCN via a statement extended its gratitude for the service of those moving on and wished them well in their future endeavours.
The statement noted that the newly appointed Board, having reviewed the strategic direction, operations and conditions at the state entity, has upon the onset of the new year embarked on a ‘four pillars revitalization project’.
In Pillar 1, the company is focused with identifying a clear strategic direction based on national imperatives. This includes the production of a comprehensive document by the board which provides the basis for the second, third and fourth pillars of the project.
Management restructuring to meet the new strategic direction is part of Pillar two.
The strategic direction now set has necessitated several changes which include changes at the administrative level of the organization based on revised terms of reference and competencies for the new structure. Several positions including those of CEO, Human Resources, ICT, Engineering and Programming have been rationalized.
There is also to be re-branding and vitalizing of the programming on NCN’s radio and television stations following an intense and ongoing review of both the current programmes, systems, staff and technical facilities.
In addition to internal work being done on re-branding, re-programming, training and creating a new content culture, a nationwide call is currently out for announcers, producers and fresh programme ideas.
Further, there is a vitalizing plant and infrastructure – following months of extensive tours to NCNs national substations, as well as equipment audits and technical consultations with local and international experts, several urgent needs in the area of physical space, telecommunications infrastructure, training, management and equipment have been identified.
The new board for NCN was appointed and installed in September of 2015.
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