Uganda Broadcasting Corporation

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Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) is the public broadcaster of Uganda. It was founded as a result of the "Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Act, 2004", which merged the operations of Uganda Television (UTV) and Radio Uganda. It started broadcasting on November 16, 2005.[1]

The Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Act stated that the UBC should be funded by the levying of a television licence fee. Collection of a licence fee set at USh20,000 (around 8.40 or US$10.80) started in 2005. However, collection was subsequently halted by President Yoweri Museveni. There has since been pressure to reinstate the licence fee to maintain UBC's independence.[2]

UBC operates the UBC TV channel and five radio stations.[1]

Until May 2011, Edward Musinguzi was the managing director. He was fired along with all of the governing board for "massive corruption" involving unpaid salaries, the sale of land owned by the corporation, and advertisements sold during the 2010 World Cup.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Olupot, Milton (21 May 2011). "Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Sacked". The New Vision. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Isaac Mufumba, "Uganda: Scribes Call for Reconsideration of TV Fees", The Monitor, 7 August 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2010.

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