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Why UCC Directed Broadcasters to Deliver Museveni New Year Message

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has ordered all broadcasters to make arrangements to enable them air the live broadcast of the Presidential New Year message scheduled for December 31.

According to a statement from the Commission, President Yoweri Museveni will deliver the said statement the people of Uganda on December 31, 2017 between 10.00pm and 12.00am.

The president’s message must be aired because, according to UCC, when broadcasters are acquiring licenses they are asked to put in place facilities to enable them receive a live signal feed from the national broadcaster to be able to rebroadcast major national events.

“The Commission reminds all Broadcasters that the license terms and conditions require that all Broadcasters put in place facilities to enable them receive a live signal feed from the national broadcaster for re-broadcasting,” reads a statement issued by UCC executive director Godfrey Mutubazi.

“These may include any address by the President issued to the nation in his or her capacity as Head of State or at a national celebration, national events / program, moments of national emergency or disaster; security threat or any event of national character that necessitates the entire viewing public to have access to the same information at the same time from one source.”

Basing on that, the commission directed “all broadcasters to ensure that the presidential New Year’s message is transmitted live on their stations.”

Broadcasters were also asked to start running promotional messages for the same cause.

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