Kin Kariisa (pictured), the Chief Executive Officer at Next Media Services has assured his employees that their jobs are secure despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the world.
This has necessitated companies to downsize, leaving millions of people across the world jobless.
In Uganda’s media industry, Vision Group has already announced massive salary cuts of up to 60%.
However, in his Labour Day message on 1st May 2020, Kariisa told his employees that the COVID-19 has caused great uncertainty for many yet it is the time the media work is most critical to society.
“…To those of us on leave, I call upon you to maximize that rest. When it is done, we’ll have a marathon,” Kariisa said.
He added: “To all of us as a whole, be at peace. Your jobs with us, as well as your salaries will remain as agreed in your respective contracts. This also applies to your benefits.”
Fast-growing NBS TV is the flagship brand of Next Media Services that also runs Sanyuka TV, Salam TV and Nxt Radio among other media outlets.
In a related development, Kariisa has denied allegations that he is trying to poach news anchor Faridah Nakazibwe from rival NTV.
This is after someone tweeted using a fake account claiming to be Kariisa, asking Nakazibwe how much she wanted so as to be convinced to quit her job at NTV and cross to NBS.
In reply to the tweet, Nakazibwe boastfully tweeted that; “I am so Priceless!”
However, Kariisa said it was a fake account.