Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, has assured people that no one will switch off Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). This comes after allegations that the station has accumulated satellite debts.
Apparently, the National broadcaster has until September 30 to clear the debt according to the media report. UBC reportedly has to pay $988,225 (Shs3.7b) arrears or risk being switched off.
This is likely to affect over 30 television channels as well as the free-to-air decoders using UBC infrastructure to broadcast.
Baryomunsi confirmed that UBC has suffered financial insufficiency in the past but it will not be switched off.
“If It has any debts that have accumulated as it carries out its work, the government will have to support UBC and clear those debts because it is our official channel through which we reach out to the population of Uganda,” he said.
He said the alarming media reports are uncalled for.
“Because of Covid-19 and other related challenges, we have had some financial stress in a country like many other countries which could have affected budgets of different institutions including UBC but this will be sorted out,” he said.
Kizza Besigye hits out on UBC
In separate news by NEWSLEXPOINT.com, opposition figure Col Kiiza Besigye came out to hit out at the national broadcaster, UBC. This was after the TV station hosted the vocal government critic for an interview.
Since they pre-record all programs before airing, the guest can request them to edit some parts out. Whatever the station broadcasts, the person in question has to agree. However this wasn’t the case with the TV station after it aired what Dr Besigye had asked them to edit out.
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