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The Broadcasting Council was established to implement the provisions of the Electronic Media Act Cap. 104 Laws of Uganda 2000, with a principal goal of developing a modern broadcasting sector and infrastructure in Uganda.

Mandate of the Broadcasting Council

The Council is mandated to undertake a range of functions in the following areas:

i.    To introduce and exercise control over and to supervise broadcasting activities;
ii.    To be responsible for the standardization, planning and management of the frequency spectrum dedicated to broadcasting and to allocate those spectrum resources in such manner as to ensure widest possible variety of programming and optimal utilization of those spectrum resources;
iii.    To coordinate communication on electronic media with the relevant national and international organizations;
iv.    To receive and consider applications made to it under this Act;
v.    To set ethical broadcasting standards;
vi.    To arbitrate in consultation with the Media Council on disputes between:
•    Operators of broadcasting stations; and
•    The public and operators of broadcasting stations;
vii.    To advise government on all matters relating to broadcasting Policy; and
viii.    To carry out any other function that is incidental to any of the foregoing functions.

Vision Statement

The vision is to provide diverse, responsible and viable broadcasting sector.

 Mission Statement

The Mission is to provide guidance and a framework for a coordinated broadcasting industry.

The Major Objectives of Broadcasting Council

i.    Facilitate private sector participation in the broadcasting sector as well as in the over all national development.
ii.    Provide a legal framework for the development of broadcasting services in Uganda.
iii.    Separate the roles of policy formulation, regulation and operations.
iv.    Introduce competition through licensing of multiple operators.

 Sector Specific Objectives

Under the national objectives and principles of the Constitution, the State is obliged to pursue Policies that are development-oriented.

Uganda’s comprehensive development strategy is embodied in the four pillars of PEAP namely:
i.    Creating a framework for rapid economic gain and structural transformation;
ii.    Ensuring good governance and security;
iii.    Directly increasing the ability of the poor to raise their incomes; and
iv.    Directly increasing the quality of life of the poor.

There is no doubt that broadcasting contributes to the PEAP goals since it plays an important role in promoting good Governance, accountability and transparency in public institutions.  In line with this broader plan, this policy focuses the broadcasting sector on providing services that address the needs of, among others, the poor and vulnerable groups in a sustainable manner.

The policy is to promote the delivery of high quality and efficient broadcasting services by both public and private service providers.  The general principle is that the broadcasters should be provided with a flexible system of managing and utilizing the Broadcasting services, within the wider government policies as provided for under the constitution.

In addition, the policy seeks to promote local capacity building and protect the Broadcasting Industry.

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