POPULAR NTV LUGANDA ANCHOR FRANK WALUSIMBI QUITS AFTER 15 YEARS SAID TO BE EYEING A TOP JOB AT RIVALS BBS TV

Frank Walusimbi -the NTV Akawungezi  Luganda bulletin popular anchor  and weekend show -Tuwaye – fame has left the station after 15 years of service and it is reported he is eyeing a top job at rivals Buganda’s BBS Telefaniya.

Having joined NTV in December 2006 when the Nation Group that also owns Daily Monitor Publications Limited ventured into broadcasting , together with  the likes of now UBC’s Maurice Mugisha , Fridah Nakazibwe   , Josephine Karungi among other Ugandan TV stars -Walusimbi anchored his last bulletin on Thursday.

He said thus ; This is the last bulletin I am anchoring . Who knows in future God willing -whether I will make a return . Thank you  for standing with me , with us .”  Walusimbi has been credited for the high ranking of the Akawungezi Luganda bulletin because of his calm demeanor, being keen on detail, for factual reporting  and rich Luganda vocabulary . He was also a good story teller -in a natural way .

He has since reflected on his 15 years journey at the station which was started at  the time- maverick media executive -Conrad Nkutu  led  the National Group- Uganda team after a major breakaway from The government owned  New Vision Group that saw top and middle level managers that included , JB Wasswa, Didas Bakunzi , Moses P. Sserwanga, Jerome Mukasa,  Juliet Nabwire ,Senior Reporters Richard Mutumba , Grace Matsiko among others crossing over to boost the Daily Monitor titles.

Walusimbi stated ,” I was with Faridah  Nakazibwe the very first day on air . We were all slim. But people loved us. We changed the news business. And we have been an example-when you mention NTV Akawungezi and NTV Tonight . That makes me proud.”

NTV succeeded after WBS TV -to stop the monopoly of national broadcaster – Uganda Broadcasting Corporation –(UBC) in Uganda’s media landscape. They have since been joined by other private TV stations that include Urban TV , BBS Telefaniya , NBS, TV West , Baaba TV  among others .

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