Uganda Communications Commission has revoked ABS Television broadcasting license for repeated breach of minimum broadcasting standards.
“WHEREFORE, the Uganda Communications Commission, has, in accordance with sections 5(1) (x) and 41 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 and clause 24 of the license agreement dated 3n1 May 2016, indefinitely SUSPENDED ABS Television’s Broadcast license until such a time when the Commission shall be satisfied that ABS Television has modified and harmonized its program content with the law, the minimum broadcasting standards and the license terms and conditions,” reads the statement signed by UCC boss Godfrey Kirumira.
“This is therefore to DIRECT ABS TELEVISION to IMMEDIATELY STOP broadcasting on all platforms.
“Please be advised that if, within 60 (sixty) days from the date hereof, the Commission does not receive convincing representations from ABS TELEVISION demonstrating the measures instituted to ensure that all its programs have been modified to comply with the law, the Commission shall commence proceedings to REVOKE ABS TELEVISION’s broadcast license without any further notice.”
Mutabazi also noted that they had earlier warned and fined ABS TV management but they never heeded to their requests.
“Reference is made to the above subject and the several warnings which the Commission has previously served on ABS Television for repeated breach of the law and the minimum broadcasting standards.
“Further reference is made to the Commission’s letter dated 28.5 of October 2016 wherein ABS TV was fined UGX 25,000,000(Uganda Shillings Twenty Five Million Only) for repeated breach A the minimum broadcasting standards and ABS Television’s subsequent undertaking not to broadcast any other offensive program.
“In spite of the several warnings and attempts to give the management of ABS Television time to review its programs and avoid further broadcasting of offensive programs, ABS Television has continued to broadcast programs that are contrary to the minimum broadcasting standards.