Uganda Television and Radio Uganda (the current Uganda Broadcasting Corporation) was born in 1963 one year after Uganda’s independence. However, radio was born in Uganda in 1954 and TV came in nine years after that. Its main aim was to broadcast through both mediums to the whole country as the national broadcaster.
After independence till the mid 1980’s Uganda was faced with a lot of economic hardships. As a result many institutions including the national broadcaster suffered a general deterioration. It is with this background that the Ugandan Government saw the need to restructure the former Uganda Television and Radio Uganda.
As a result Parliament passed the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Act that established the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in 2005. This transformed the former UTV and Radio Uganda into the now existent Uganda Broadcasting Corporation. The Corporation started its activities on 16th November, 2005. The Corporation is fully owned (100%) by the Government of Uganda and carries out its activities for and on behalf of the Government. It therefore requires government funding in order to sustain its operation.
“To become the most respected broadcaster in the region.”
We provide our audiences with well-researched and well-produced Television and Radio programs, Our programs educate, entertain, inform and inspire our audiences, and provide national guidance, We collaborate as teams that strive for truth, credibility and broadcasting excellence.
UBC is our family that makes all of us stronger and better people. We will base everything we do on four distinct Values that are in the core of our Mission and Vision
We create change in our society.
We invest ourselves in providing credible information.
We own skills, passion and dedication to build our organisation and to continue INSPIRING UGANDANS.
We love our country and contribute to building its future.
The Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) was established under the Uganda Broadcasting Act 2005, which granted the Corporation statutory mandate to become a sustainable national public broadcaster providing excellent services.
The Act Integrated Radio Uganda and Uganda Television that were providing national radio and television services respectively under a fully state-owned structure.
The Corporation is mandated by the Government of Uganda to deliver the following:
• Provide radio and television broadcasting services and programmes that contribute to social economic development with emphasis on national unity in cultural diversity;
• Reflect the Government Vision regarding the objective, composition and overall management of the broadcasting services;
• Ensure a sustainable system of gathering, analysing storage and dissemination of information to the public;
• Establish autonomy of management in rendering public broadcasting services;
• Carry out signal distribution as a common carrier;
• Ensure quality indigenous programming and adapt foreign programmes to suit indigenous needs;
• Establish systems of accountability and enhance profitability in running public broadcasting services;
• Maintain responsible editorial independence and set national broadcasting standards of exemplary performance;
• Ensure protection of the public interest in rendering broadcasting services;
• Provide electronic media consultancy services that educate and guide the public;
• Operate an efficient and self-sustaining Corporation;
• Achieve and sustain comprehensive national radio and television coverage throughout the country;
• Acquire and apply modern broadcasting equipment, design a good organisation structure and put in place responsive and skilled personnel in line with technology improvements;
• Achieve and sustain reliable signals;
• Ensure accurate, timely and reliable reporting of events and presentation of programmes and carry out any other activity that may be carried out by a public broadcaster.