The television was earlier in May served with notice of suspension over what they referred to as breach of minimum broadcasting requirements.
In the notice, UCC referred to one of NBS’ programs, NBS Extra: One on One with Tamale Mirundi, broadcast on Tuesday May 9th which they said was in breach of section 29 and Section 31 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013.
During the said show, Mirundi ‘attacked’ the host Muyanga Lutaaya on live television following repeated questions on Buganda Kingdom campaign, ‘Kyapa Mu Ngalo’ which intends to streamline land ownership and management in the kingdom.
Mirundi is opposed to the campaign.
UCC further noted that the conduct and language used by Mirundi was appalling; yet the television had been warned about the same.
They would later give NBS a maximum of 60 days within which they would respond or have their license revoked.
In a June 13 letter by UCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi, the Commission notes that following engagements with NBS management and a written apology, the notice of suspension is lifted.
“The Commission has taken note of NBS Television’s written apology and measures that the management has instituted to prevent recurrence of similar or other breach of minimum requirements,” the statement reads in part.
NBS filed the apology letter on May 15, four days after the notice of suspension.
The television’s management also met and engaged with UCC officials Monday June 12 where they acknowledged, condemned and further apologized for the breach.
“After reviewing and evaluating NBS Television’s representations, UCC has in accordance with Section 41(2)(a) of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 resolved not to proceed with suspension of NBS broadcasting license,” Mutabazi’s statement further reads.
Mutabazi however said “NBS should treat this as last warning and ensure that their broadcast content, programs and shows are professionally produced and presented in line with minimum broadcasting standards.