BBC Monitoring reports that widespread TV lay-offs are occurringBeirut-based media, both TV and print.
With all kinds of media outlets, Lebanon has long trumpeted its wide media horizon.
But this horizon has started to get narrower, even for the Lebanese. A wave of layoffs targeted employees in some organizations, and some believe the worst is yet to come.
It never occurred to Deniz Rahmah, a correspondent for LBC, that she would ever be in a situation like this. She worked in the organization for 16 years, a lifetime that ended in a moment, said the Al Jazeera journalist.
Beirut-based media, both TV and print, is suffering badly, say local sources. LBC Television, owned ultimately by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is reportedly laying off 170 staff, and local station Murr TV (MTV) is also badly affected.
Al Jazeera gives as the reason: the employers, they talk about restructuring and financial crises. But the clear explanation and the common thing between the two parties is the financial problem.
But beyond this financial crisis, we must talk about a very important issue: political money.
The media organizations in Lebanon, perhaps like much of the media in the Third World, are unproductive.
They, therefore, essentially depend on political money. This political money controls the media work and the workers. But the other problem is that the political money that was injected into Lebanon in the past few months or years, during the political crisis, and perhaps by the two parties to the Lebanese political conflict became scarce about 10 months ago.
The impact of this on the organizations that have a direct political dimension has started to appear now.
So political money diminished and we started to see these things.
LBC had no comment to make on the issue, said the report, but official sources attributed the dismissal of about 170 employees to a restructuring process. They did not deny, however, that there were political reasons in some cases. The reasons might be political, financial, or even administrative, but it is noted that the axe of dismissal has so far fallen on three media organizations.
It is feared that the situation might get worse, regardless of the exchanges between the journalists and the media organizations on the way the layoffs were made.