UCC Issues Strict Directives For TV Gossip Shows

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has ordered Media houses to only broadcast gossip shows between 10pm and 5am when underage children are already asleep with effect from Wednesday

According to Urban Television, the commission has sent a directive to different media stations and warned them to Institute other appropriate regulatory sanctions to those who will not adhere to the orders. The sanctions will include the suspension of a broadcasting license.

Earlier this month, the Commission summoned different Television stations’ Presenters doing gossip shows over allegations of abusive and demeaning language. 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’s action came after singer Omulangira Suuna sued NBS television presenters Wako, Marko and Kayz over defamation.

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