By our reporter
Last week, the Uganda Communications Commission issued a public notice labeling Ugandan pay TV operators as no-compliant with broadcasting laws.
“This is therefore to remind them to immediately comply with the new licence regime or otherwise stop providing broadcasting services in Uganda,”said a public notice by the UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi.
The six pay TV companies in question are Azam TV, DSTV, GO TV, Zuku,Kwese, and Startimes.
However, the pay TV operators have denounced UCC’s allegations saying that they have been in a process of engaging the regulatory body to make sure that the new licensing framework is enabling and appropriate.
Apparently UCC demands pay TVs to pay shs560m up from shs22m to renew their licenses.
On top of that, they will also be expected to cough 2% of their gross annual revenues to the commission.
Meanwhile, the pay TV companies have threatened to transfer the burden onto their customers.
“We will have no option but to pass the on these hiked fees to subscribers if we are to survive.”