The minister for ICT and National guidance Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has expressed his worry towards Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC TV) on how different operations are being executed at the station.
He said it is shocking to find that the real story about Uganda is being told by private media houses yet the country has a national broadcaster with a capacity to excel.
In the move to sketch for the way forward, the Minister appointed a committee of professional is including; Dr. Peter G.Mwesigye, Mr.Odrek Rwabogo, Ms. Peace Piwang, Mr. Adolf Mbaine, Mr. Andrew Kabaya, among others to do an Organizational Capacity assessment.
Among other issues to be assessed is studying the quality of content and service aired on the national broadcaster and all its sister stations.
Minister Tumwebaze further said: “We also need to assess the innovative capacity of the stations and bench marking different ways on how governments can support national broadcasters.”
The Committee will liaise very closely with the Board of UBC and with the Ministry.
“The Committee will also be given additional support by technical officers that we will identify,” Tumwebaze said.
The terms of reference of the committee will include: an organisational capacity assessment, studying the quality of content and services of all UBC channels, assessing the innovative capacity of UBC and benchmarking ways on how governments support national broadcasters.
Members of the committee:
Dr. Mwesige who will chair the committee is a well-known media professional with many years’ experience, and who champions media excellence and professionalism not only in Uganda but across the continent.
Ms. Peace Piwang is a Human Resource professional with outstanding experience in identifying and managing talent, and leading transformation initiatives in large organisations.
Her skills at managerial competencies, building efficient teams and empowering human resource assets have been well-noted in various organisations and will be useful at UBC.
Mr. Adolf Mbaine is a seasoned, professional journalist with a highly respected track record, a media manager of senior standing, as well as an Academician.
He has been at the helm of producing some of the best journalists we have in Uganda today and devotes a lot of time to building onto the body of knowledge in professional journalism.
Mr. Andrew Kibaya is an advocate of the high court with solid experience in corporate and commercial law, and a good grounding in banking and finance.
He is globally ranked as a distinguished lawyer in Uganda and recognised by the International Finance Law Review and Chambers Global.
Mr. Peter Okello Jabwelli is a media and communications professional with many years’ experience working with the media in Uganda.
He has also worked at senior management levels with the Government of Uganda and is currently on the Uganda Media Council as a professional in the field.
Mr. Odrek Rwabwogo is a senior journalist, a public relations and communications professional, as well as a farmer and entrepreneur.
Odrek has many years’ experience as a journalist, and also as a public relations manager and consultant.
As an entrepreneur he has successfully applied himself at a number of initiatives that have changed Uganda’s business landscape significantly.
He has passion for harnessing and adding value to our own domestic resources and gradually growing big.
He is a strong critique of government’s tax policy mainly on agri-busineses.
Eng. Kato Bitarabeho is an engineering and ICT professional, as well as an entrepreneur.
His experience over the last fifteen years has had him deliver successful projects in Uganda, Gabon, the Congo and Zambia.
He has broad experience in Television and Radio Broadcast infrastructure, as well as Telecommunications and Wireless systems.