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UBC to be switched off over defaulting 3.7b shillings

The National TV broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) risks being switched off if things continue standing the way they are right now.

This is after the TV’s satellite provider issued a statement to the station notifying them about this withstanding debt.

Besides 30+ TV channels and free to air decoders that use UBC’s infrastructure will be affected by this development.

“We certainly would like to avoid such measures and would regret having to take actions that may result in termination of your services. We would also like you to consider opening a dialogue with us to consider governmental needs regarding connectivity requirements in Uganda,” an Intelsat letter UBC’s service provider dated September 6 read.

Mr Agaba Winston, UBC’s Managing Director also acknowledged how they are aware of this debt and are doing all they can to sort it out.

““We are engaging the satellite service provider. The funds we got for the first quarter of this financial year didn’t cater for satellite services.”

“The government this year made budget cut budgets for all government agencies due to financial constraints.”

Agaba added that switching off tje transmission services by Intelsat would cause them a number of challenges as they have contractual obligations with a number of TV stations.

“Switching off the satellite means that free-to-air services will go off air.”

Written by Staff

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