The Chairman and founder of the Ruparelia Group that runs and owns 88.2 Sanyu FM has spoken out explaining that staff of the radio sacked themselves.
In a phone interview with CEO.co.ug, Dr. Sudhir said that the exits are regrettable but inevitable given the business circumstances, although he quickly hastened to add that in the actual sense, it was the staff that had chosen to lay down their tools and in effect sacking themselves.
“We made a business decision to cost-cut so as to make the business sustainable and protect jobs. We offered to talk and negotiate a solution but they instead chose to lay down their tools. They terminated themselves,” Sudhir said.
“When you lay down the tools, you have broken contract and terminated yourself. The company has contracts on advertising and is actually making losses. If you have a contract and you stop doing that which you promised to do in the contract and you are absconding from work, in essence, you have terminated your own contract of employment,” he added.
He went on to say that the 88 Sanyu Fm was now searching for fresh talent to fill the void created by staff exits.
Founded in 1993 by the Katto family, Sanyu Fm is the oldest surviving privately owned radio station. Sanyu FM targets the 18-35 year old age group, or the ABC1-C2 socio-economic class with a brand promise offering “Today’ Best Music”.
In 1999 the station was acquired by the Ruparelia Group from its founders.