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EXCLUSIVE: RMS Revives Plans For Ramogi TV

The last time the media house announced that it was launching Ramogi TV was an October 12, 2015 social media post that announced its launch alongside Chamgei TV and Musyi TV.

Royal Media Services (RMS) is working on establishing its new TV station dubbed Ramogi TV after almost five years of teasing viewers and leaving them in the cold. 

The last time the media house announced that it was launching Ramogi TV was an October 12, 2015 social media post that announced its estimated launch alongside Chamgei TV and Musyi TV.

Speaking to Viral Tea, highly placed sources at the media house revealed that plans to establish the Luo TV station have been rolling on for a while now, but the process behind the scenes has been far from simple. 

A TV station in Kenya. /FILE

The station’s, regulatory, structural, Human Resources (HR), programming among others have been the key aspects put into consideration during works on the station to ensure it is ready for viewing. 

Moreover, a job advert seen by Viral Tea invited interested Dholuo TV presenters to send their applications to the station. 

This entails sending a Curriculum Vitae (CV) as well as a short video about themselves through the WhatsApp number indicated on the poster by Wednesday, September 8. 

The Royal Media Services under founder SK Macharia has been stamping its foot on the media industry space and has dominated in nearly every corner; from radio to TV. 

The Media house shook up Kenya’s radio industry in the late 2000s when it targeted various communities with vernacular stations. The team, spearheaded by Julian Macharia, a media professional with over 20 years of experience in communications, would produce ten advertisements on radio daily for 15 of its stations in total, making RMS the media house with the country’s biggest reach. 

Currently, Royal Media Services owns 13 radio stations namely, Radio Citizen, Ramogi FM, Inooro FM, Hot 96, Musyi FM, Chamgei FM, Muuga FM, Egesa FM, Bahari FM, Mulembe FM, Wimwaro FM, Sulwe FM, and Vuuka FM. 

In terms of the TV front, Citizen TV is its crown jewel. It was ranked as the most-watched TV station in the country at a market share of 35 percent as of December 2020. NTV (13 percent) and KTN Home (11 percent) all followed suit, with Inooro TV (under RMS) at 7 percent. 

As recently as May 2021, the media house announced changes to its radio news team following the death of Robin Njogu; who was the Managing Editor in charge of radio.

In a memo sent to staff, Royal Media Services Editorial Director Joe Ageyo announced Young Muthomi’s promotion to the Managing Editor position in radio, with effect from May 1, 2021. 

Additionally, Ageyo elevated veteran journalist Lincoln Njogu to the position of Deputy Managing Editor. Under this role, Lincoln was appointed as Young’s Principal Assistant, in charge of all correspondents, reporters, and other news desk operations. 

Other RMS employees promoted in the wave of changes include; Isaac Swila, appointed to the position of News Editor, Christine Ojiambo, promoted to Senior News Anchor as well as an additional role of News Producer. 

Josphat Odipo was also promoted to the position of Senior News Anchor/News Producer while Edwin Obuya, who is currently a Senior Reporter was promoted to Sub-Editor. Further, Jacob Icia was appointed as the new Sub-Editor.

The job advert inviting interested Dholuo TV presenters to apply. /TWITTER

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