Access FM won't be Closed Despite Being in UCC List - Manager Deus Assures

Posted on Mar 31, 2021
By Derrick Passy
The Uganda Communications Commission established under section 4 of the Uganda Communications Act, 2013 (the Act) as the regulator in the development of a modern communications sector that includes telecommunications, broadcasting, radio communications, postal communications, data communication and infrastructure yesterday released a list of Radio Stations in Uganda that risk being closed by 15th April 2021 for failing to renew their broadcasting licenses that expired on 30th June 2020 despite several reminders, including the public notice issued on 31st December 2020.
In exercise of its mandate, the Commission revised the licensing framework for the radio broadcasting sectors in Uganda and on the 2nd of June 2020, all existing radio broadcasters were advised to apply for new broadcasting licenses under the new framework by the 31st of July 2020.
Arua Based 96.3 Access Fm was listed among the 30 stations in Uganda that risk being closed from business if they fail to regularize their operations by clearing all outstanding compliance issues and submit complete applications for their respective radio frequencies by Wednesday the 14th of April 2021, their radio spectrum assignment shall automatically lapse and they shall be required to stop broadcasting.
While talking to The Station Manager of Arua side's Access Broadcasting Services Mr Deus Tinkasiimire, He confirmed receiving the letter from UCC saying it was an error from the commission because his Station has already fulfilled all the requirements of UCC.
He further confirmed to West Nile Xposed Media Ltd that, He called the Commission to inquire why his station appeared & he was told not to worry but ignore the list as Access Fm won't be switched off.


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