Royal Media heads to Juba

Posted on February 7, 2011

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Royal Media Services flagship brand Citizen Television

Royal Media Services, the holding company of, among others, Citizen TV and Citizen Radio, is in talks with the Government of Southern Sudan to start operating in the resource-rich country by end of this year.

The media house, it is said, has engaged Kenya’s consulate in Juba to have a subsidiary-Royal Media Services South Sudan Ltd -registered.

Sources indicate that the company owned by businessman Samuel Kamau Macharia (SK) is planning to replicate his business strategy in Juba, the capital city of what is expected to Africa’s newest independent State.

In the plans is a Citizen TV as well as one or two radio stations broadcasting in local languages -Dinka and Nuer.

In Kenya, the media company is one of the most talked about with its vernacular stations ruling airwaves in the countryside.

According to a number of researches conducted on the media status in Kenya, its flagships -Citizen TV and Citizen Radio -have outpaced their peers.

During the concluded Southern Sudan referendum, the media house alongside Nation Media Group and Standard Group camped in the country to provide an all round coverage of the plebiscite.

But of late, its proprietor -SK- has hit headlines after a court ruling, which he has since then appealed against, that seeks to declare him bankrupt.

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