UCC Issues New Strict Directives For TV Gossip Shows

Anna Talia Oze and Zahara Totto presenting NBS 'Uncut' gossip show

Anna Talia Oze and Zahara Totto presenting NBS 'Uncut' gossip show

Due to several complaints, Uganda Communications Commission has ordered all television gossip shows to start airing between 10pm and 5am.

According to Urban TV Twitter handle, a directive has been sent to all media outlets with a warning that the commission shall proceed to institute other regulatory sanctions against any station that fails to adhere to the new rules.

UCC has ordered all gossip shows on Tv to be airing between 10pm and 5am. A directive which has been sent to TVs notes that any Tv that fails to adhere to the directive, “the Commission shall proceed to institute other regulatory sanctions.

Urban TV

The shows have been ordered to air at that time because they contain adult content, sexual innuendos, and profanity with potential to disturb and harm some members of the public especially children.

It stated that some of the gossip show hosts appear on TV while dressed indecently in skimpy outfits and the language used by presenters during the shows is often demeaning and contains unsubstantiated claims against different individuals.

Spark TV ‘Live Wire’ gossip show

However after close observation of the shows, it has ordered that they should never air on Tv between 5am to 10pm. This is because “they contain adult content, sexual innuendos & profanity, with potential to disturb and harm some members of the public especially the children. It further adds that presenters of the program often appear on air when dressed indecently in skimpy outfits; the language & statements used by presenters & guests during the program are often abusive, demeaning, derogatory & contain unsubstantiated claims against different persons.

Urban TV

UCC said that they have been receiving complaints from the public about gossip shows. 

Programs which were complained about included NBS TV’s Uncut Sabula-Uncut Kalakata, Spark TV’s Live Wire, Kingdom TV’s Kapyaki, Dream TV’s Tik-Tak Sesetula, BTM TV’s Access, BBS TV’s Round About, Baba TV’s Poko Poko, Urban TV’s Short Circuit Sonsomola, Top TV’s Kachumbai, ABS TV’s Evening Zone and STV’s Select E-Buzz. 

UCC action comes after singer OS Suna dragged Sanyuka TV presenters; Wako, Mako and Kayz over offensive communication and criminal libel.

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