The National Broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) is in a financial crisis-the managing director Mr. Winston Agaba David has said.
In an internal memo to all staff dated 2nd November 2016, Mr. Agaba wrote: I thank you all [UBC employees] for the tireless efforts by most of you who have kept the operations of telecasting and broadcasting our channels across the country amidst many challenges.
This comes at time of a rumored strike at UBC over delayed salaries.
In the memo, Mr. Agaba assures the UBC staff that management is cognizant of the fact that we have had delayed remittances of salaries for October 2016 and partial payments for that of September 2016.
‘ ‘ Much obliged for your understanding and patience, we are looking at various avenues of raising finances to make good on all outstanding balances. The maturity exhibited by all staff during this financial squeeze is commended and I do call upon you to be more patient and prudent as we await for what is to us’’
He added: positive strides are being made to improve revenue generation and the lobbying already done to increase government support to meet our expenses at the same time fulfilling the mandate expected of us. This is evidenced by our improved UBC tv picture quality and content.
The managing director ends by calling on employees to ‘‘keep focused on the brighter future, as we keep inspiring Uganda.’’