This was the State of the Radio and TV Broadcasting industry in Uganda 2015

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[/blockquote]The broadcasting industry in Uganda is poised to be the main channel for the implementation of the National Development Plan and Vision that envisages having “A transformed Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years” as indicated in the Uganda Vision 2040 plan. As an essential facilitator of this broader plan, the broadcasting enables the dissemination of information about services aimed at addressing the needs of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups in society. In addition, broadcasting is responsible for keeping the nation informed of the national and the international events. It also aims to promote the delivery of high quality and efficient broadcasting services by both public and private service providers. In this subsector, the number of service providers changed only slightly with the licensing of an additional ten FM radio stations, during the period under review.

It should also be noted that the licenses for three radio stations were revoked during the just ended financial year, namely: Bugisu cooperative union; Baptist Mission Kanungu; and Radio Management services in Jinja. We currently have 28 operations digital TV stations and 292 FM Radio stations representing a 58% and 12%  growth respectively.

Service Stations June 2011June 2012June 2013June 2014June 2015
Operational analogue TV stattions 5460686728
Non- operational analogue TV stattions14101042
Operational Digital Terrestrial TV stations3333
Operational Digital Satellite TV stations11222
Operational FM radio stations229250251257292
Non Operational FM radio stations4836354012

 The Content

In a bid to set standards, monitor and enforce compliance relating to content as one of the Commission‟s mandate, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has set local content quotas on Ugandan television broadcasting stations with the objective of promoting national culture, pluralism and diversity and to enhance the employment capacity, identity of the nationals as well as developing the local film and radio industry. In accordance with the National Broadcasting Policy, local content is defined as “content that recognizes the cultural and linguistic diversity of Uganda carrying themes of relevance to the local audience and produced under Ugandan‟s creative control”. UCC has identified the genres of drama, documentary, sports and children‟s entertainment as needing special attention, and it set a 70% local content quota with special attention on drama (50%), documentary (10%), and sports (5%) and children (5%) each.

In a report released this year, the Broadcasting industry in Uganda ‘s content showed that out of the 14 TV stations, UBC , NBS, Bukedde and NTV ranked the highest in delivering local content to Ugandans.

local content in 2015

Digital Migration

Uganda finally pulled the plug 0n Analogue broadcasting and enforced Digital Migration this year, Analogue to Digital Migration is the process in which broadcasting services offered on the traditional analog technology are replaced with digital based networks over a specific period. The transition or switch from analog television to digital television is referred to as
the Digital Migration. Digital signals take up much less bandwidth compared to analog and this means that more channels can be broadcast with the same amount of spectrum. The Analogue to Digital Migration arises out of the Regional Radio- communications Conference of 2006 (RRC06) and the subsequent Geneva 2006 Agreement (GE06) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Recommendations‟ of which Uganda is a party and signatory.

All countries signatory to this agreement agreed to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting services by June 2015. In one of the first major moves to migrate the country to Digital TV, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on Monday 15 June 2015, ordered broadcasters to switch off their analogue transmissions in and around Kampala. As expected most of the broadcasters complied, and Television consumers in this market who had not transitioned from their old analog TV sets were switched off.

DatePhaseArea Covered
17th June 2015ITU DeadlineAll ITU signatories
15 June 2015Phase 1Greater Kampala (This
region includes
Kampala, Entebbe and
parts of Masaka, Jinja,
Nakasongola, Mityana
and Mubende)
September 2015Phase 2 (17 SITES)Arua, Gulu, Lira,
Masindi, Soroti, Hoima,
Kiboga, Mbale,
Kabarole, Jinja, Wakiso,
Masaka, Mbarara,
Rukungiri, Ntungamo,
Kabale, Kisoro.
Phase 3 (9 SITES)Moyo, Kitgum, Kotido,
Kapchorwa,
Nakasongola, Tororo,
Bundibugyo, Mubende,
Kasese.

UCC warns that there will be a dual illumination period, when both analogue TVs broadcasting will co-exist with digital TV broadcasting, up to such a time when the DTT infrastructure
necessary for digital signal distribution has been fully established in Uganda.

 

Extracts from the Annual Market Industry Report
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