NTV BACK ON AIR IN UGANDA

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NTV Uganda is back on air. The Nation Media Group station had been switched off on Saturday by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation at the direction of the Uganda Broadcasting Council.

Uganda Broadcasting Council acting managing director Musinguzi-Mugasa alleged that NTV Uganda's facilities were "not in compliance with the industry's accepted standards".

Nation Media Group's Editorial Director Wangethi Mwangi said the station was switched on yesterday at around 6.10pm.

"Our programming schedule is back on schedule," he said, adding: "Everyone is happy, but it took a lot of lobbying." Efforts to get the station back on air were steered by Mr Wangethi and NMG Chief Executive Linus Gitahi.

Mr Gitahi said: "We're happy to be back on air and to continue serving Ugandans as we pledged to."

The Uganda Broadcasting Council had also claimed that NTV Uganda's licence application had indicated that the station's location would be at the Serena Hotel, Kampala. NTV studios are at Serena Conference Hotel.

The Nation