Kampala, 14 February, 2020 / 1:43 am (ACI Africa).
After two years of engaging the Catholic community in fundraising toward the establishment of the first-ever Catholic television in the East African nation of Uganda, the Bishops have announced inaugural broadcasts, the free-to-air channel transmitting its signal within a 60km-radius in the area covering the country’s capital, Kampala.
In the Bishops’ February 10 statement, the Chairman of the Social Communications Commission for Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), Bishop Joseph Franzelli announced, “I am glad to officially inform you that on Wednesday, 5th February 2020, Uganda Catholic Television (UCTV) was connected by Signet Uganda to transmit on Free to Air.”
Bishop Franzelli added, “UCTV is transmitting within the greater Kampala region, which covers a radius of about 60 km. You should be able to receive the signal if you are within the 60 km radius and have a digital TV set connected to an antenna or a Free to Air decoder.”
“We are still TESTING our Signal and this might take a few months. I would also like to point out that we are making arrangements to have the signal reach to all parts of the country through the various Pay TVs. We are therefore requesting your patience,” The Bishop Emeritus of Uganda’s Lira Diocese said in his statement shared with ACI Africa.
The 77-year-old Italian-born Comboni Missionary thanked his brother Bishops under UEC “for the initiative of establishing a national Catholic television, which is an important tool for the Church's work of evangelization and integral human development in our country.”