UCC lifts ban on live broadcasts

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have rescinded their decision to ban live broadcasts deemed “incentive” to the public.

In a meeting on Thursday morning, UCC executive director, Godfrey Mutabazi announced that the ban had been lifted.

Mr Mutabazi was meeting the executive committee of National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), led by the chairperson, Mr Kin Kariisa.

Mr Kariisa had earlier written to Mutabazi calling for the meeting, which the latter accepted. In the same letter, Mr Kariisa persuaded the Commission to provide evidence of incitement by live broadcasts or consider rescinding their earlier directive on the same.

Mr Mutabazi assured the NAB that the ban on live broadcasts has been lifted.

He however mentioned that the Commission has given NAB members three months to install pre-listening devices to ensure live footage is filtered before being relayed to the public.

The NAB and UCC are to set up a technical team to review the MoU for broadcasting live events.

The decision by UCC comes three days to the 55th independence day celebrations. The national celebrations will be held in Bushenyi. It should be noted that NBS TV and other Television stations have been live broadcasting such events.

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