Record TV, a commercial television broadcaster in Uganda has closed its operations effective March 31, 2021. The TV was owned by a 67 year old television company based in Sanpaolo, Brazil but with multiple channels across five continents. It has operated in Uganda for 15 years. 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 that most advertisers especially on the European Market, that feed the record TV network were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually affecting their commercial strength to operate a TV station in Uganda. Emmanuel Sanya, the Head of Communications at Record TV says that the decision will affect at least 32 members of staff, who however have been compensated with a payment of three months salary as the company winds up business. He said they had gone through all the necessary discussions with their employer and all the staff are satisfied with the terms and conditions. A staff who requested not to be named said it was a difficult time for them now that they have been laid off but added that they were ready to move on.

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