This goes to all work colleagues and sympathisers.,
Much has been said about KT, but behind all these there is rot existing and we all got to put our heads together one more time, and put an end to the problems in KT.
And by the way, lets forget the grammar for the timebeing, we need to work on the drama first. We have many white skin persons in KT, who hardly know to speak a word of English, so we can excuse the grammar for now and let’s get to some real work, after all no one is perfect at KT, when we have fast-food supervisors and the like as senior (idiots) sorry editors.
Lets contribute once and for all to this blog, expose all the rot immediately and contribute towards “KEEPING TRACK OF CHANGE”, this is the final cleaning up campaign and should be done immediately with no fear or favourism.
In the previous comments, see also on this site, we collectively disagree with Mirror’s comments that “We are all here to make money” Yes, we agree, make money, but make it in the right way, make it the way the Galadari have sweated it out the last 30 years, .
We are here there and everywhere to make money, but it has to be in the right way and justified, not that because there is a lump-sum of money somewhere, one just has to loot it, it takes many great years of hard work to make the money, but it takes just a second to empty the coffers. And the likes of Mr. Didier Brun (CEO), Mr. Sharma, Mr. Subhani and their associates have found a loophole for easy money with no sweat.
It took KT 3 tough decades to make all the available resources through thick and thin with the then lowly paid staff and here comes a group of charlatans, who practice nepotism, bring in their own people from coffee shops, fast food kiosks and what have you, with no media background to ruin an organisation of high repute.
Those who do not know the inside of KT should not make baseless comments on this blog, there is a lot to be investigated and exposed, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
We invite others to bravely chip in and provide information through this blog, when things are already boiling up, the truth must always be told, not for our selfish gains but for the betterment of KT.
Why should we as employees sit back and watch the greedy selfish charlatan ruin KT, we are all saying enough is enough time has really come to “Keep track of change”, so lets all follow the slogan and salvage KT.
Something should be done and done immediately. KT has many joy riders and ghost workers that need to probed, those who have genuine qualifications and knowledge in journalism should be retained and the rest can join the group at many of Dubai’s fast food outlets, of course don’t expect to earn fat salaries like of KT but you can obviously copy and paste the art of preparing hamburgers from cookery books.
This is Dubai anything works as long as you can change a bun into a burger.
It is not the old employees who are dissatisfied with the low salary, there is totally no job satisfaction at KT anymore, there are aficionados of sports, who are really knowledgeable journalists, but their talents have been greatly wasted either on the rewrite desk or as page makers, yet their proven knowledge in sports would have vastly improved the department.
On the other hand the old timers have slogged their ### out over the years, many are of course lowly paid, did not get comp off’s or overtime for that matter. It is and was working long hours, and sometimes the usual 6 day or 7 day job, and despite all these set-backs, the paper still flourished in its 30 years only to be ruined by self made owners overnight.
Mr. Subhani, though only an executive editor also assumes the role as the newspaper’s owner, he using such immense powers to influence the hiring and firing of staff. Engaging people in the wrong section has become the norm of the day and bringing in people with no qualifications at all.
But sad that after all these rot being exposed openly, the owners of KT can still afford to remain silent over the whole issue. Time has really come for change of guards, otherwise the little repute the newspaper has will obviously go down the filthy drain.
Damage has already been done and therefore whatever can be salvaged should be done in a short spell of time. KT should not entertain drunkards, sex hungry maniacs and people who think that KT belonged to their ancestors.
Everyone in KT is totally dissatisfied as to why immediate action is not being taken, yet the rot is easily noticeable. The DTI system recently introduced is in total mess, white skinned chaps were brought in from abroad to provide the necessary training, which was never the case, they enjoyed themselves in the UAE, dined and wined at the most expensive hotels in Dubai at the expense of KT (even the bills in the account section can reveal) and left for their respective destinations after fulfilling a joyous holiday, leaving the KT staff with no knowledge about DTI.
The other day, Sevine Ghandour the HR manager, released a circular to all the staff, calling on them to take note that the company will not be responsible to provide 2 days sick leave without producing a doctors letter.
One wonders how she accounts for the leave taken by associate editor, Mr John Newland who has hardly completed one year with KT and has twice gone on annual leave, that too, a full month’s plus on both occasions. To add to that he took sick leave for fracturing his leg in a drinking spree and a most recent brawl outside a nightclub. Is drunkenness and hangover considered part of the sick leave, or is Sevine doing a favour just because s she too is part of the drinking team????
The management should also query who brought Sevine to KT and on what grounds did she manage to secure the HR job, yet she is totally incompetent in her duties, making changes without consulting the relevant team and approving employment for people who are totally unproductive.
Take an example of the Circulation, marketing and editorial departments these are the crucial sections and backbone of the media industry, you cannot appoint novices in such senior positions and drop the robust sales overnight, something that was built over the last 3 decades.
It is wrong on the part of the owners of KT to blindly appoint a person from a fast food outlet to a very responsible position of an associate editor. Having a white skin is not superiority, white skins are also brainless many a times, God created human beings equally, black coloured and white, so what’s special in having a skin head with no media knowledge.
Yes, if the white skin can really prove to treble KT sales and improve the quality of grammar in the text, we would recommend KT owners to give the skin head 4 times than what he earns, instead of paying huge salaries and earning no revenue.
Bringing in a person like Mr. Subhani to an executive editors position is also questionable, the man has no knowledge about journalism in the first place, most of his columns are copy paste from foreign magazines and website and that too, he has engaged Aruna Urs, to copy and paste paragraphs from here and there in the name of research.
Most of the columns are meaningless, if one reads between the lines, (including Mr. Subhani ) too will not even understand what is published, such is the column. Putting a sketchy image and a by-line is not everything in journalism it requires the skill and knowledge to be a good writer. There are styles to copy and paste and not only transfer other people’s words into columns.
Then there is the weakness of Rahul Sharman, upon being appointed to the senior position of Editor, he hastily brought in all the rejects from Hindustan Times, A person like Sushmita Bose, who was only a HT Correspondent at the Delhi bureau was made the features editor of KT, the lady can hardly communicate a word of English, leave alone writing a sentence.
Her role is to put pressure on young college girls, (who are still mastering journalism and brought to KT as apprentice) to look for copy paste materials in other publications and website.
Then there is the Irish man, Conor Purcell who has brought down the quality and standards of the Weekend magazine, nobody looks at the publication these days, its all made of crap, just eating out stories and materials from outdated magazines, being recycled with words changed here and there . He sorts the help of his girl-friend - a former air hostess, again a person with no media qualifications but just a flight waitress, and earning a fat salary at KT.
Such are the appointments at KT, its more like operating a fast food kiosk and not a media organisation, because someone has seen the availability of the finances, and decided its an easy loot.
So guys and gals, lets all put our heads together one more time, lets contribute more to this blog, expose all the rot immediately and contribute towards “KEEPING TRACK OF CHANGE”, this is the final cleaning up campaign and should be done immediately with no fear or favourism.
But contribute positively, lets not call out names and lets be straight to the point, its the final verdict that matters. We need to protect KT at all costs, does not matter but it should be salvaged NOW... PLEASE!!! KT is our father and mother, we should not abandon it, lets be strong, and unite with one great force we can bring the change.