Charles Odongtho, the host of ‘The Frontline” – Uganda’s most popular political television talk show on NBS Television, is resigning.
“It is true, I have put in my resignation,” said Odongtho, a reputable media practitioner, when contacted by ChimpReports on Monday morning.
“Time comes when we have to move on especially when one is not happy with the working environment,” he emphasised.
Odongtho said he handed his resignation letter to the office of Kin Kariisa, the Chief Executive of Next Media Services which runs NBS Television.
“I am waiting to hear from Mr Kariisa.”
Asked what compelled him to resign, Odongtho said, “There are many issues which I raised to him (Kariisa) to address but have never been resolved. These include his preference to work with some people. This has created internal tension and intrigue.”
Efforts to reach Kariisa were futile as he was reported in a meeting.
Odongtho was also frustrated by a female manager “who talks directly to Kariisa and issues orders in total disregard of our plans. One spends an entire week planning for the show only to receive orders at the last minute on whom to host and what to discuss.”
The journalist had hoped the situation would change until this past week when he had to act.
NBS management’s decision to replace Odongtho with Kaggwa Njala as the host of this past Thursday’s NBS Frontline Show was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Odongtho, who had spent a week preparing to host retired Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, quickly handed in his resignation, saying, “This is unprofessional. Since the boss doesn’t want to tackle the issues, let me go.”
NBS has in recent months lost high profile staff members including investigative Raymond Mujuni, Joseph Sabiiti and Sheila Tusiime Mugisha.
While NBS management blamed Mujuni for “underperformance”, the journalist implied he was not well supported to do his assignment in the current work environment.
Kariisa has since maintained that his television remained “solid” despite the departure of key editorial staff.
Going forward, Odongtho said he would concentrate on his private media training work.