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|