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Japanese government gives UBC $10m

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th July 2007 03:00 AM

UGANDA Broadcasting Corporation should be impartial in its programming so as to support development, the Japanese ambassador, Ryuzo Kikuchi, has said.

UGANDA Broadcasting Corporation should be impartial in its programming so as to support development, the Japanese ambassador, Ryuzo Kikuchi, has said.

By Harriette Onyalla

UGANDA Broadcasting Corporation should be impartial in its programming so as to support development, the Japanese ambassador, Ryuzo Kikuchi, has said.

“Through the nationwide coverage of the political arena, awareness would be cultivated and the people’s participation in politics would be increased. Indeed democratisation of information accelerates democratisation of politics.”

He was yesterday speaking at the signing of an agreement at the Ministry of Finance in which Japan will fund the improvement of the country’s broadcasting network.

The project worth $10m (about sh16b) will see the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) receive transmission equipment and a modern studio.

Kikuchi noted that the donation would increase the medium wave radio network from 25% of the population to about 77%.
“In some areas, radio is the only information medium available for the residents. Expanding radio broadcasting will contribute to accelerating public awareness to eliminate the digital divide and fight poverty.”

He added that since over 76% of the public depends on radio for information, wider coverage for UBC will contribute to the development and strengthening of democracy and transparency in politics.

Musinguzi Mugasa, the broadcasting corporation’s managing director, said the project would be completed early 2009.

Japanese government gives UBC $10m

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