Next Media Services, the umbrella company of NBS Television, Sanyuka Television, Salaam Television, Uganda’s only digital radio; the Nxt Radio, Nile Post among other brands has left Kamwokya’s Media Plaza to Naguru Hill in what has been described as expanding the empire.
The popular media group will be occupying a refurbished former home to defunct WBS Television at Naguru Hill near the capital.
Next Media Services Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Kin Kariisa entered into a lease arrangement with former WBS boss Gordon Wavamunno after he retained ownership of the property that had been taken over by sports broadcaster Kwese TV during WBS liquidation.
Kwese TV was last year put on sale after its parent company in Zimbabwe was put under administration due to failure to service debt obligations.
Renovations and expansion of the property to house all Next Media Services brands are already done and the company confirmed its has relocated.
Kariisa took over NBS Television from its founder, Nathan Igeme Nabeeta, in 2008 as CEO and grew it into Next Media Services, a multimedia company that runs three television stations (NBS Television, Sanyuka TV & Salam TV), a radio station (NXT Radio – formerly Jazz FM) in 2018, online news portal (Nile Post), digital communications agency and productions houses (Next Communications & Next Production).
His radio station, NXT Radio, is Uganda’s pioneer audiovisual radio station.
“Good bye media Plaza! and I’m back where all the dreams and aspirations where nurtured as a young amateur from campus! Home sweet home, plot 13 Summit view road!” Popular journalist and talkshow host Joseph Sabiiti wrote on Sunday morning.
Naguru hill stands at 1,300 metres above sea level. It is the highest hill in Kampala, the Capital City of Uganda. This hill commands a magnificent view of the entire Kampala city and the seven hill of Kampala (Kibuli, Mengo, Nakasero, Namirembe, Lubaga, Makerere, Kololo, and old Kampala hill.
Thier new home, Naguru Hill is bordered by Ntinda trading centre, Nakawa, Namuwongo, Kololo, Kamwookya, Bukoto and Kigoowa trading centre to the north.
The top of the hill houses many radio and telecommunication masts operated by communication companies like; MTN Uganda. Naguru hill is one of Uganda’s premier residential places. This hill is preferred by the middle class in Uganda, expatriates and holiday travelers because of well planned facilities like; Roads, water, electricity, health facilities etc. The hill harbors short & long term apartments to luxury mansions, executive homes, guesthouses and recreation centres like; Tennis & Rugby courts, Jogging trucks, health & fitness centres.