One of Uganda’s longest serving broadcasting media house known as Record Television Uganda has officially closed today, and will operate no more in Uganda.
Rumors have been circulating that the Station ran bankrupt and soon it’s closing, and some people thought it was a stunt to gain public attention, or just malicious news by public jokers.
Today while addressing the press briefing at the station head office in Kamwokya, the Company Managing Director, Motsoeneng Ezekiel revealed that the station has officially closed and COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly affected their business in Uganda and Europe where many of stakeholders base, hence they couldn’t sustain business in Uganda any more.
“COVID-19 has caused us a lot of damages especially the company stakeholders who live in Europe, the Company will pay everything, the debt, workers will be paid, we are not closing because of creditors so we are going to pay everyone demanding us.” said a rather hurt Ezekiel who was the current MD of Record TV Uganda.
Since 2005 in Uganda, we have been one of the longest serving broadcasting services in Uganda. we thank our viewers, advertisers, workers, especially the presenters, we have a good staff but we are going to let them go. We could have done more, but it was not our discussion but it was taken by the shareholders of the group back in Brazil and Europe.” he added.
The station currently had 32 staff members that has been affected by the closure of the station but the company is saying they are going to Carter for them, and they have started recommending and encouraging them to join other media outlets.
Record Television has been in business for 67 years, but the Brazil originated Broadcasters, joined TV business in Uganda in 2005.
The station which has its bosses both in Brazil and Europe, is operating in now 16 countries now Uganda exclusive, after the management of Record TV Uganda has confirmed that they have closed business in Uganda today.
According to the station’s Managing Director, Ezekiel Motsoeneng, starting Thursday 1st April, they will be off air.
Motsoeneng intimated that Record TV has had bad business, which was accelerated by the outbreak of Covid-19.
The Kira road based station is an affiliate of Record TV International, a Brazilian -owned free-to-air channel that broadcasts 24 hours via satellite and cable with digital parameters.