New Vision

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New Vision
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Government of Uganda
Institutional & Individual Investors
PublisherNew Vision Printing & Publishing Company Limited (New Vision Group)
Founded1986
Headquarters2/4 First Street, Kampala, Uganda
CirculationWeekdays & Saturdays:32,500
Sundays:36,500[1]
Official websitehttp://www.newvision.co.ug
 
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New Vision
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Government of Uganda
Institutional & Individual Investors
PublisherNew Vision Printing & Publishing Company Limited (New Vision Group)
Founded1986
Headquarters2/4 First Street, Kampala, Uganda
CirculationWeekdays & Saturdays:32,500
Sundays:36,500[1]
Official websitehttp://www.newvision.co.ug

New Vision is one of two main national newspapers in Uganda. It is operated by the Vision Group, which has its head office in the First Street Industrial area in Kampala.[2]

History[edit]

It was established in its current form in 1986 by the Ugandan Government. New Vision is broadly sympathetic to the government of President Yoweri Museveni. It was founded in 1955 as the Uganda Argus,[3] a British colonial government publication. Between 1962 and 1971, the first Obote government kept the name of its daily publication as Uganda Argus. Following the rise to power of Idi Amin in 1971, the government paper was renamed Voice of Uganda. When Amin was deposed in 1979, the second Obote government named its paper Uganda Times. When the National Resistance Movement seized power in 1986, the name of the government daily newspaper was changed to New Vision. The Uganda Argus and its successors always presented as the "official" newspaper of the regime in power.[4]

New Vision Group[edit]

The holding company that owns the New Vision newspaper is The New Vision Printing & Publishing Company Limited, also referred to as the New Vision Group. The Group owns other newspapers, radio stations and two television stations, as of October 2009.[5][6] The businesses owned by the New Vision Group include:

Ownership[edit]

The New Vision Group is owned by the Ugandan government (53%) and by institutional and individual investors (47%). The shares of the Group are traded on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE). The table below summarizes the ownership structure of the New Vision Group.

New Vision Group Stock Ownership
RankName of OwnerPercentage Ownership
1Government of Uganda53
2Institutional & Individual Investors47
Total100

Editorial Controversies[edit]

On 12 October 2006, William Pike, CEO of the newspaper, resigned. Pike had a long history with the paper, starting there as a sports journalist 19 years before.[9] Pike was largely credited with maintaining a degree of editorial independence for the newspaper, though not as much as the fully independent The Monitor, the second national newspaper of Uganda. It was reported at the time that "Press freedom in Uganda might be in jeopardy"[10] and that Pike was being "forced to resign apparently at the behest of President Yoweri Museveni".[11] Pike's departure was followed by the appointment of Ugandan government spokesman Robert Kabushenga as Chief Executive Officer.[12] He is still the CEO to-date.[13]

In late November 2006, Belgian journalist and activist Els de Temmerman accepted an appointment as Editor-in-Chief after receiving written guarantees of her editorial independence.[14] She resigned her post on the 24th of October 2008, stating "I have concluded that I can no longer count on the assurances I received when I accepted the job and so I must resign".[15]

Els de Temmerman returned and is still editor in chief (Els eventually resigned mid 2010 and her deputy, Barbara Kaija, was formally appointed as the Editor-in-Chief)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About New Vision
  2. ^ "Contact Information." (Archive) Vision Group. Retrieved on 9 September 2013. "OFFICES (PHYSICAL LOCATION): Kampala Our head office is located on plot 19/21, First Street Industrial area. Advertising offices are situated at JR Complex, Plot 101 Jinja Road."
  3. ^ Barrington-Ward, Mark (2010). Forty Years of Oxford Planning: What has it achieved, and what next?. Oxford: Oxford Civic Society. p. author's biography on rear cover. 
  4. ^ "Uganda: The Limping Newspaper Industry". The Monitor. 2007-05-02. 
  5. ^ New Vision Group Starts Television
  6. ^ Bukedde Television Opens
  7. ^ About New Vision Printing Limited
  8. ^ The Radio Stations of the New Vision Group
  9. ^ "New Vision Chief Editor resigns" The Monitor (Uganda), 27 October 2006
  10. ^ "Press freedom in Uganda might be in jeopardy" The Monitor (Uganda) 22 October 2006
  11. ^ "New Vision Chief Editor resigns" The Monitor (Uganda), 27 October 2006
  12. ^ "Shake up at top Ugandan newspaper", BBC News, 12 October 2006
  13. ^ "New Vision Chief Editor resigns" The Monitor (Uganda), 27 October 2006
  14. ^ "Letter from the Editor-in-Chief", New Vision, 30 November 2006
  15. ^ "De Temmerman: Why I quit New Vision" The Monitor (Uganda) 26 October 2008