UBC too Dry to Broadcast AFCON Games
By Serestino Tusingwire
Ugandans who will not have a chance of travel to Gabon to watch AFCON games are at the verge of missing out on watching their favorite Uganda cranes play.
This is after the national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) failed to pay $113,500 (sh411m) to secure broadcasting rights.
According to the letter signed by the UBC managing director, Winston Agaba, to minister of education and sports, Janet Museveni, UBC did not have the money to secure free to air rights for the live broadcast of AFCON games.
“Following our letter dated December 14, 2016, addressed 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 Africa Cup of Nations 2017 (AFCON) games which kick off on January 14, 2017,” Letter reads in part.
Agaba said the fees are out of their reach, adding that they had contacted the Information and Communication technology Ministry for help, but in vain. It has been copied to the finance ministry and National Council of Sports.
This comes when UBC is financially bankrupt to the extent of failing to pay workers’ salaries on time.