Nation Television (NTV) Managing Director Agnes Asiimwe Konde is scheduling a series of hasty crisis meetings amidst a threatening exodus of employees, troubled by the recent introduction of a new pay structure.
According to sources, Ms. Konde’s meetings with selected staff followed the resignation of long-serving reporter Gertrude Tumusiime Uwitware, who reportedly left after getting disgruntled with NTV’s current pay structure where ‘you earn for what you produce’ that came into force in May.
Uwitware handed in her resignation on Monday and by yesterday she had signed a contract with NTV’s main rival, NBS TV, the source said.
The development is said to have sent Konde into panic mode, prompting her to convene the meetings with some of her most treasured employees.
According to one of those who met her but preferred to remain anonymous, Konde is said to have pleaded with the others to stay.
Further, the source said some asked for salary increment while others pledged loyalty, saying they were okay with their current earnings.
Uwitware’s departure came barely a month after the resignation of NTV’s head of marketing, Collins Mugume.
Uwitware joined NTV in 2013 and has been presenting ‘Living Life’, and ‘Tetenkanya Obulamu’, a news feature that highlights the everyday life of ordinary people in Uganda.
Reports also reveal that a senior editor with same TV is negotiating with an international media house to crossover as the local editor for the said agency. Details of the deal will exposed on www.eagle.co.ug after signing of the contract.