Citizen TV Bans Anchors From Certain Side Hustles

  • A section of Citizen TV anchors
    A section of Citizen TV anchors
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  • The Royal Media Services (RMS) has banned all their employees from participating in specific side hustles.

    In an internal memo seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the management stated that it appreciated individual brands in the RMS family.

    It, however, noted that the use and deployments of such talent whether in personal or corporate activities, greatly affected and influenced the overall brand of the Company.

    From Left, Jeff Koinange, Royal Media Services Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru, Citizen TV Presenter Willis Raburu and Senior Creative Producer Alex Murungi. January 29, 2019.
    From Left, Jeff Koinange, Royal Media Services Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru, Citizen TV Presenter Willis Raburu and Senior Creative Producer Alex Murungi. January 29, 2019.
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    "These guidelines endeavor to facilitate and promote the effective and proper use of all talents and staff within the RMS brand umbrella and who protect RMS reputation and brand.

    "This means that common sense must be applied. A strict legal interpretation should not be used to justify accepting an advertiser or sponsor which the guidelines intended to stop," reads an excerpt of the statement.

    Therefore, the company prohibited it's staff from advertising for any faith or religion, alcohol products, political parties and their candidates.

    The management urged staff intending to take part in events or advertisements in certain categories to seek approval from the departmental heads.

    The categories included; Master of Ceremony in events, advertising for government agencies, advertisements that deal with a controversial subject that is in the matter of public policy and advertisements that could compromise the RMS editorial policy.

    "The person from whom approval is sought will consider whether the proposal will meet the principles in these guidelines in particular in relation to the RMS impartiality and brand protection," reads the statement in part.

    Further, the station warned its staff against appearing in any advertising from their show or on their programme.

    "Any advertising that features a programme presenter or regular TV or radio artist should be clearly separated from their programmes,"reads the statement.

    A studio at Citizen TV located in Kilimani, Nairobi.
    A studio at Citizen TV located in Kilimani, Nairobi.
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