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Exclusive: Why Vision Group Is Closing Urban Television

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Urban TV

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After years of trial and error, the great experiment that was Urban Television could be coming to an end. It is the end of the road for a channel that promised so much, had the ability to be too much, yet lived below its potential and was curtailed by its fears, and limits. It was an experiment that was to go right, yet went wrong. Now it has been decided by the Vision Group Board of directors that Urban TV must be closed, and the most it can be left to survive is two years. But the Board wanted it to close much earlier.

In another board meeting, the second after one where Kabushenga was asked to exit come December, the board decided it’s high time, Vision Group started to bite what it could chew. As such, a number of dead weight projects are to be scrapped off. “For a long time, we have been starting out projects that deliver nothing to the business but instead take away from it. We are doing too many fancy things that are adding no value to us as a business,” one of the board members noted.

Among those projects that were mentioned included Urban TV, XFM and Kampala Sun. “These are all nice things to talk about, but where are the returns. All I see is us paying out salaries to employees at these projects yet we gain nothing. We just need to swallow our pride and start letting go of them,” someone else commented.

But it was Urban TV that drew the most criticism. It was mentioned that the television had failed to define its target audience. It had also failed on the programming. “Who are we targeting with Urban TV anyway? Why did we even start in the first place? Who among us even watches it? Who among our youngsters watches that channel? I think we better wind up with that Urban TV thing. We can do better,” furious members kept chanting.

For the first time, Kabushenga swallowed a humble pie and accepted that Urban TV ought to be closed but it was a transition that had to be managed carefully. “In the next two years, we should not have that TV. That’s the most we can let our shareholders to suffer. But if possible, let’s close Urban TV much faster. We have tried everything with this channel but it has just failed to pick up. There is a difference between persistence and being stubborn. We are just being stubborn here. All signs show that we should let go. It is hard, but we must close. Can it be done this year?” another member asked.

The news has not gone well with most employees at Vision group who are now busy scampering on life after Urban TV. The channel according to the books of accounts has not made any profit from the time it started neither has it broken even. Every year, it’s been a continuous promise of this is when we shall break even, but they always fall short.

To Be Continued…

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Joan Lule takea SITIMA Y’AMAKA to Top TV

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Former Bukedde and BBS Preseter has again landed in big monenies after Top TV beckoning the presenter to take on a big slot at the station.

Joan Lule’s signature TV show Sitima y’amaka is back but this time on Top TV. The show that started on 20th April has received massive acceptance and support in its two months on air. Sitima y’amaka airs every Saturday at 11PM.

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Joan Lule has maintained and kept her show interesting for long that all the stations that have sought her services have adopted the show into their programing.

Relatedly, the presenter has also shown interest in politics after announcing she will stand for Woman MP Mpigi district.

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Goat Races to return October

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One of Uganda’s most popular social events, the Royal Ascot Goat Races, which curved a special place as the most anticipated event on Uganda’s social calendar returns this October.

At an official announcement made Thursday at Kabira Country Club, the organisers confirmed the ultimate fun show in Uganda will be happening on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

This event which will be hosted at its customary venue of Speke Resort, Munyonyo promises to recreate one of the most eagerly awaited weekends of merrymaking and extravagant fashion, which were the hallmarks of the Goat Races for years.

“The Goat Races are more than just another event in Uganda, it’s a place where people can come and network and mix along with business, pleasure and have a fun humorous time with good food and drinks all day long,” Ruparelia Group’s Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia, the organisers of the event, said.

The goat races will entail eight races over the course of the day, with each race featuring eight goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity.

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Ykee Benda becomes a father, set to celebrate in Burundi

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Singer Ykee Benda is over the moon today. The singer today became a father for the very first time after his yet anonymous fiancee gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.

The yet to be unveiled toddler has been named Donte Quain Tugume Muhagazi. Ykee Benda has taken the celebrations to Lacosta beach in Bujumbura, Burundi where he will be performing for the very first time this Sunday.

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An over joyed Ykee posted “Burundi, it’s a special day because you are going to be the first people to see me perform not just as Ykee Benda but as a father of a handsome young king” The website congratulates Ykee Benda on his new role as a father.

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