Uganda Media Center director blasts ‘revamped’ UBC reporters for arriving late at news conference

Ofwono Opondo, the Government spokesman and the Uganda Media Centre Executive Director blast UBC reporters for turning up late to news events. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– Uganda Media Center Executive Director Mr Ofwono Opondo has taken a swipe at the state-run Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation (UBC) reporters for always arriving late at news events.

Ofwono says UBC reporters Including Cameramen are always the last to arrive at News conferences even at the nearby  Uganda Media Centre

“Usually, @ubctvuganda [UBC TV) reporters and cameramen are the last to arrive at news conferences and events even at a nearby venue like Uganda Media Centre,” Ofwono twitted.

This was after ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze visited UBC on Friday morning and tasked the management to fight a lazier fare culture in the National Broadcaster if the corporation is to reap from the recently concluded revamp period.

In August 2016, Minister Tumwebaze set up a seven-member committee to review UBC performance and recommend ways in which the broadcaster could operate efficiently.

In the revamp, the government said it has allowed UBC total editorial independence including hosting opposition leaders.

“We have given UBC editorial independence so if the opposition wants to come to UBC, let them come,” he said. “You [go ahead and] host Kizza Besigye as long as you also host me to demolish his lies,” Minister Tumwebaze said.

The government also advised UBC to look beyond political programming.

He added that “programming is not all about politics,” he said, adding that UBC should look at enterprising programs because people at the grassroots don’t want [political] fights, they want development.”





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