LOCAL private television broadcasters are worried about the unfair competition that is likely to unfold from a move by the government to entrust Uganda Broadcasting Corporation rights to sell digital television signals, writes Walter Wafula in theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Monitor.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
The Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, Captain Francis Babu, at the first public viewing of a pilot digital television transmission in Kampala on Monday, called for the establishment of either a neutral digital television distribution company or the establishment of both private and public companies to promote healthy competition.
Capt. BabuÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s call comes at a time when Uganda is preparing to embrace digital television broadcasting which is expected to replace the current analogue television transmission by December 2012.
He argued that UBC is a service provider like other private broadcasters and therefore should not be given an upper hand.
Uganda has about 26 operational television stations with 44 licensed according to statisticsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â from the Uganda Communications Commission.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t want to be regulated by one of us,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said.
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