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UGANDA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GOES ONLINE

Uganda Television, now baptised Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Television has broken off from their archaic past and leaped into modern electronic transmission.

After payment of a monthly subscription of US$9.95, subscribers around the world will be able to watch UBC TV online. Through online streaming, clients will be treated to the latest menu of news, information and entertainment from Uganda at the click of a mouse.

UBC TV, a former state media tool now transformed into a public service broadcaster is the first Ugandan television station to conduct internet online streaming. From any part of the world, Ugandans in the diaspora and other interested streamers around the world are now able to watch local programming over the internet.

Parliament passed the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Act that established the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in 2005. This transformed the former Uganda Television (UTV) and Radio Uganda into the now existent Uganda Broadcasting Corporation. The corporation started its activities on the 16th November 2005.

During the launch of UBC TV under the tag line, 'Uganda's preferred network' at their transmission station on Nakasero Hill in Kampala last week, the managing director Mr. Edgar Tabaro said the station is to become a center of excellence.

"UBC TV is on the internet. It is the first television in Uganda to do broadcasts over the internet through internet streaming. You can log onto www.jumptv.com," said the MD.

Opened in 1963, a year after Uganda's Independence, the then UTV was the only Television station producing a host of local programming and broadcasting to the public. Throughout the years since Independence, Uganda has largely been plagued by civil war. As a result, many institutions including the national broadcaster (UTV) were reduced to a rundown state.

East African Business Week

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