The lists released by UCC on Wednesday evening has six televisions and seven radios. They are; Akaboozi Fm, Bbs Tv, Beat Fm, Bukedde Tv, Capital Fm, Cbs Fm, Kingdom Tv, Nbs Tv, Ntv, Pearl Fm, Salt Tv, Sapientia Fm and Simba Fm.
Bobi Wine effect: UCC order 13 Radios and TVs to suspend 39 staff
The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has ordered 13 radio stations and TVs to suspend 39 staff over breach of
minimum broadcasting standards.
The lists released by UCC on Wednesday evening includes six televisions and seven radios.
They are; Akaboozi Fm, Bbs Tv, Beat Fm, Bukedde Tv, Capital Fm, Cbs Fm, Kingdom Tv,
Nbs Tv, Ntv, Pearl Fm, Salt Tv, Sapientia Fm and Simba Fm.
UCC, the media sector regulator has ordered each of
the stations to suspend producers, head of news, and head of programmes.
follows concerns over the nature of content aired on these broadcast stations
particularly during live programmes, breaking news, and main news bulletins
which do not comply with the Minimum broadcasting standards,” the regulator
said in a statement.
Though UCC did not provide details, the incident
referred to could be the Monday live broadcast of the arrest and prosecution of Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Kyagulanyi is currently on remand at Luzira and is expected to
return to Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court on Thursday.
The Commission says the programmes of the
mentioned stations contained content that; “misrepresents information, views,
facts and events in a manner likely to mislead or cause alarm to the public.”
The regulator further said the programmes “Have
extremist or anarchic messages, including incitement of violence for political
and/or other purposes,” and “Incites the public against other members of the
public based on their political, religious, cultural and tribal affiliations
which are likely to create public insecurity or violence.”
UCC says it has previously engaged and warned
above broadcasters over similar complaints, but has now become apparently that
they have refused to take heed of the warnings.
The regulator further says it
has commenced investigations of the matter.
To avoid a recurrence of similar breaches
during the investigations, the commission directed that each of the blacklisted broadcasting stations
should immediately suspend the Producer, Head of News and Head of Programmes
pending conclusion of the investigations.
Other directives include each broadcasting station should
also within three days from the date of the notice, submit to the Commission the
names, particulars and qualifications of the subject office holders and recordings of all live programs and news bulletins aired on the 29th of April