As the final deadline for radio owners to submit new license applications draws closer, the Uganda communications Commission -UCC has issued a warning saying there will be no leniency for any stakeholder who will fail to heed to beat the deadline.
Ibrahim Bbosa, the UCC spokesperson says all radio broadcasters in Uganda are required to submit fresh applications for radio broadcasting licenses of their choice by July 31, 2020 and failure to do so, the frequencies will be revoked for reassignment to serious operators.
Bbosa explains that the licensing framework for radio broadcasting was revised following the need to do away with regulation measures that seemed to be out of touch compared to the new realities of broadcasting in Uganda.
He further said that the revised framework provides for new different license fees for commercial and communal broadcasting services and also provides for a five-year license as opposed to the previous one which was only valid for one year.
He emphasized that although the process of reapplying requires quite a lengthy period of time, UCC only needs broadcasters to express intent to retain their frequencies by writing to the commission before the deadline of 31st July.
Bbosa also revealed that the new licensing framework intends to fight the vice of masqueraders who acquire frequencies with an aim of vending them hence keeping them dormant for long.