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 organizational 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.
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, who is 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 analyzed 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 Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Media Excellence.