The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Take Five With WBS' John Baptist Imokola

John Baptist Imokola is an experienced journalist who has risen from a news reporter, news anchor, and news editor to head the newsroom at WBS. Immaculate Wanyeze had a chat with him.

Any hardship you faced as you joined the media?

It was direct entry; I simply applied to be a news reporter and anchor. As soon as I finished my final year exams and I was called for a screen test, I passed.

I then started working at Record Television as their sports anchor. But having a background in journalism helped - I was also a sub-editor at the station.

For challenges, the media needs a lot of time and this has delayed my return to school. The remuneration is also not the best compared to other sectors.

Where did you train from?

I was trained at Makerere University and I hold a bachelors degree in Mass Communication. Right now, I'm pursuing an MA in Journalism and Communication. I started as a reporter on Record TV, rose to news editor and ended up becoming news manager.

Then I left for WBS TV where I started as news editor. I also worked as the assigning Editor at WBS but now I am the deputy head of News.

Do you have girls running after you because of the way you read News on TV?

Many of them do but I try to keep a viewer-anchor relationship. I am a married man with children; so, there is a lot to protect.

What do you love doing when off TV?

I am a sports fan; so, I enjoy watching football and athletics. I love listening to inspirational music and watching movies.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

As a media manager or communication consultant. I am determined to continue with studies in the media and communication field up to doctoral level. So, perhaps the next time you hear about me, I will be Dr John Baptist Imokola.

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