UCC clears the air on closure of non-compliant Radio Stations: “It is not politically motivated”

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[/blockquote]The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has been in the process of closing non-compliant Radio Stations around the country and several sections of the masses have seen this move as some kind of plot to block the opposition presidential and parliamentary candidates from being hosted on these Radio Station. The Communication regulator has come out this week to clear the air and attempt correct the wrong impression created by the ongoing nationwide enforcement exercise of non-compliant broadcasting stations in Uganda.

UCC says the exercise is not politically-motivated as it aims to bring into line non-compliant stations with regard to license requirements. Many of the affected radio stations are heavily indebted to the Commission, with regard to their licence fees. Before this exercise began, UCC had reminded the affected stations to clear their debts owed to the Commission. In addition, the Commission ran a public notice in the print media, tech blogs and on the UCC website with regard to the impending closure.

Most of the affected station owe UCC a lot of money ranging from UGX 4 million to about UGX40 million. This list is not exhaustive, for it excluded TV stations (about 15) and those radio stations who owe the Commission lesser amounts of money.

These radio stations include:

 Name of CompanyCall SignFrequencyLocation
1Nkabi Broadcasting Services LimitedSmart FM89.MHzJinja
2Christian Life MinistriesTop FMKampala
3Western Broadcasting ServicesHits FM103.4MHzMbarara
4Three Angels Broadcasting Network3ABN FMKampala
4Kamuli Broadcasting ServicesEndhuba FM105.9 MHzKamuli
5Rhino Communications CompanyRhino FM96.1MHzLira
6Kyenjojo FM Radio LimitedKyenjojo FM92.4MHzKibaale
7Diocese of South RwenzoriMessiah FM97.5MHzKasese
8Seventh Day Adventist AssociationPrime FM91.9 MHzKampala
9Nora Media Group LimitedChoice FM92.1MHzGulu
10Presbyterian Church of UgandaKapchorwa Trinity Radio94.1MHzKapchorwa
11West Nile Broadcasting ServicesWBN FM91.7MHzArua

 

However, some of these radio stations have cleared the debt and are back on air. Under Section 27 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, any station which refuses to settle its indebtedness to the Commission is operating illegally. It’s in this line that the Commission is undertaking this exercise.

Suffice to say, communication regulator says they will continue with this exercise until all the stations comply with the Uganda Communications Act 2013. As a regulator of the communications sector in Uganda, UCC says they shall continue to exercise its oversight role for the good of Ugandans.

 

Image Credit: Daily Mail

 

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