Dr Peter Mwesige, African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) Executive Director, has been named to head a committee to review Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.
The terms of reference of the committee will include an organisational capacity assessment; studying the quality of content and services of all UBC channels; assessing the innovative capacity of UBC; bench-marking ways on how governments support national broadcasters.
The team of six men and one woman comprising professionals in journalism, ICT, law and human resource, was named by Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze Monday morning. They are tasked to review UBC in one month, and come out with recommendations in two months.
Others on the committee are Odrek Rwabogo, Kato Bitarabeho, Peter Okello Jabwelli, Andrew Kibaya, Adolf Mbaine and Peace Piwang.
“UBC has great potential to shine both within the country and on the airwaves worldwide,” said Tumwebaze as he launched the committee, adding that “It is my intention therefore to have a strong and well managed national broadcaster able to cover the whole country, fully close the gap left by the private players and help to tell a true story about Uganda’s rich heritage.”
“We believe we have the infrastructure, we have the people, we have the ideas and we have the drive to make this happen, as Ugandans. But before we embark on all these ambitious initiatives, it is important to carry out a complete scan on the institution, so that the policies made by Cabinet as well as decisions made by the Board and the staff of UBC are well-informed.”
Who are on the committee:
Dr Peter Mwesige – Media professional, academician and head of ACME
Kato Bitarabeho – an engineering and ICT professional plus broadcast and telecoms
Peace Piwang – HR professional
Adolf Mbaine – Media professional and academician
Andrew Kibaya – Lawyer will be counsel and secretary to committee
Peter Okello Jabwelli – Media and communication professional
Odrek Rwabogo -Former journalist, PR professional and entrepreneur
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We thereafter get a real National Broadcaster like other proud countries! We can’t wait!! https://t.co/Rb4aIdDEW5
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