Cash Strapped UBC Will Not Telecast AFCON


Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) have issued a statement indicating they will not air the forthcoming 2017 African Cup of Nations after failure to meet the financial costs involved.

In a January 11th letter by UBC Managing Director, viagra sale Winston Agaba David addressed to the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni the national broadcaster indicates that it has failed to meet the required costs to relay live the tournament from Gabon.

“It is with great sadness that we officially inform our esteemed viewers and the country at large that UBC will not telecast live the African cup of Nations 2017,”

“Following our letter dated 14th December 2016 addressing to your office, we regret to inform you that due to lack of financing to cover the fees involved, we shall not be able to telecast the African cup of Nations 2017 (AFCON ) games which kickoff on 14th January 2017,’ reads the statement.

According to Agaba, UBC were required to meet a fee of € 550,000 ( about UGX 2.3billion) as a subsidised fee but still they have failed to find the money in time.

“The fee in question total to $113,500 but the discounted AFCON fees we negotiated as a member of the African Union of broadcasters is € 550,000 with non-members paying € 120,000,” the letter further reads.

“These fees as highlighted in our previous letter were out of outreach,” Agaba indicates.

According to the letter, UBC also tried out reaching out to the Ministry that monitors them, Ministry of Information, Communication Technology and National guidance but all in vain.

UBC as a national broadcaster was expected to telecast live the games for free to air to Ugandans who cannot meet the PAY TV costs.

Uganda cranes who are in group D start their campaign with an encounter against Ghana’s Black stars on 17th January.


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