Sports TV Cries Foul After Vision Group Takeover

Uganda’s first and only Sports dedicated television, drug help Sports TV Uganda, try had for months been off air, case and is blaming it on government owned media giants Vision Group.

Official at the popular sports channel say they were put off air following an agreement they entered with Vision Group, which wanted widen its coverage with another English channel.

Sports TV was already very popular and covered the central regions of Uganda, stretching as far as Busia town on Uganda-Kenya border in the north-east, and beyond Kalangala Islands and Masaka town in the south-east parts of the country.

In a letter they sent us today, which we reproduce below, the TV Company accuses Vision Group for switching them off and clinging onto their equipment:

“We haven’t been in touch for a long time and this is why: a few years ago, Vision Group asked us to help them set up an English Channel to widen their media offering to Ugandan audiences.

We entered an agreement to share broadcast time and Vision Group took over our equipment and started broadcasting as Urban TV.

We had our issues from the start – in the name of testing the signal they had completely taken sports off-air, not respecting what we agreed to do.

Anyway – they bought from UBC the frequency Urban TV is using now, and they started broadcast of Bukedde 2 on Sports TV’s channel.


Soon after, they took our station off-air. We asked for our equipment to be returned but Vision Group ignored our request and KEPT our equipment – complete Sports TV studio console, editing and playout equipment, studio-transmitter link, 3KWa digital-ready broadcast transmitter and 16-pannel omnidirectional antennae system.

Ugandans are deprived of watching free sports 24-7. Moreover, did you know that Sports TV has the rights to broadcast Fox Sports 24-7?

This is what is unfairly and unjustly taken away from Ugandans. We hope that justice will prevail soonest so we can resume normal broadcast and bring you the best Fox Sports has to offer, including local programs with sports news, society, entertainment etc.”

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