UCC moves to cancel licences of 11 radios  


Uganda Communications Commission-UCC has threatened to revoke the operating licences of 11 radio stations across the country over non-compliance.

They are Top FM, 3ABN FM and Prime FM in Kampala.

UCC is the regulator of telecommunications, electronic media and postal courier sectors in Uganda.

Others are Smart FM in Jinja, Hits FM Mbarara, Endhuba FM Kamuli, Rhino FM Lira, Kyenjonjo FM Kibaale, Messiah FM Kasese, Choice FM Gulu, Trinity Radio Kapchorwa and West Nile Broadcasting Services Moyo.

In his letter to all broadcasters, Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Executive Director says the 11 radio stations have neither renewed their annual broadcasting licenses nor paid the spectrum fees in contravention of the Uganda Communications Act.

He quoted Section 27 of the Act which prohibits anyone from broadcasting without a broadcasting license from the Commission.

Section 43 of the Act provides that a licensee shall make an application for renewal of licence at least two months expiration of the license.

Mutabazi ordered the listed stations to immediately apply for renewal of their broadcasting licenses and pay all dues owed to the Commission with immediate effect.

“These stations are further advised to adhere to this order within a period of 14 Calendar Days from the date of publication of this notice.”

“The Commission shall not hesitate to carry out further enforcement actions without warning which shall include; but not be limited to withdrawal of spectrum frequency, revocation of broadcasting license, and confiscation of radio equipment and apparatus in accordance with Section 6 of the Act,” he said.

These radio stations include:


  Name of Company Call Sign Frequency Location
1. Nkabi Broadcasting Services Limited Smart FM 89.MHz Jinja
2. Christian Life Ministries Top FM   Kampala
3. Western Broadcasting Services Hits FM 103.4MHz Mbarara
4. Three Angels Broadcasting Network 3ABN FM   Kampala
4. Kamuli Broadcasting Services Endhuba FM 105.9 MHz Kamuli
5. Rhino Communications Company Rhino FM 96.1MHz Lira
6. Kyenjojo FM Radio Limited Kyenjojo FM 92.4MHz Kibaale
7. Diocese of South Rwenzori Messiah FM 97.5MHz Kasese
8. Seventh Day Adventist Association Prime FM 91.9 MHz Kampala
9. Nora Media Group Limited Choice FM 92.1MHz Gulu
10. Presbyterian Church of Uganda Kapchorwa Trinity Radio 94.1MHz Kapchorwa
11. West Nile Broadcasting Services WBN FM 91.7MHz Arua



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