Peter Mwesige to Head UBC Review Committee

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The team appointed by information minister Frank Tumwebaze is tasked to assess the organizational capacity, quality of content, archiving capacity and funding for the national broadcaster.

Renowned media professional Peter Mwesige will head a seven man committee to review the operations of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.

The committee, appointed by information minister Frank Tumwebaze, is tasked to assess the organisational capacity, quality of content, archiving capacity and funding of the national broadcaster.

Other members of the committee are Advocate Andrew Kibaya, Journalist and Media Practitioner Odrek Rwabwogo, Human Resources Specialist Peace Piwang, Journalist Peter Okello Jabweli, Engineer Kato Bitarabeho and Makerere University Don Adolf Mbaine.

Tumwebaze says the committee will help UBC to gain the potential to shine both within the country and on the airwaves worldwide. He adds that the committee, inaugurated this morning in Kampala, has a period of one month to conduct a thorough review of UBC.

Tumwebaze says that UBC has the infrastructure, the people, the ideas and drive to strengthen UBC as a national broadcaster.  "But before we embark on all these ambitious initiatives, it is important to carry out a complete scan on the institution, so that the policies made by Cabinet as well as decisions made by the Board and the staff of UBC are well-informed," Tumwebaze said.

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Peter Okello Jabweli, one of the appointed members of the committee says that the outcome of the process will transform UBC.

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The review process comes at the backdrop of reports of misdeeds against the national broadcaster.

For instance, UBC was accused of bias and gender disparity in sourcing during its coverage of the just concluded general election, according to media monitoring reports released by the African Centre for Media Excellence-ACME.

The broadcaster, legally mandated to provide equitable time to all presidential candidates, was faulted for tilting coverage towards President Yoweri Museveni with little or no coverage to the other contenders in the presidential race. 

The report analysed media reporting on the presidential and parliamentary elections with a view to identifying good practices or pointing out gaps so that they are addressed in good time. 

Peter Mwesige, the appointed chairman of the committee, is the ACME Executive Director.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.