UCC PRO Ibrahim Bbosa

Early this week the commission nearly banned all gossip Television shows from airing but instead asked stations to change their airing schedules.

In a letter addressed to 11 Television stations who air gossip shows, the commission ordered they should with effect from Wednesday 20th October start airing between 10pm to 5am as they contain adult content not good for children and presenters use demeaning, abusive and derogatory statements.

The shows in question include Spark Tv’s live Wire, NBS Tv’s Uncut Sabula and Uncut Kalakata, BBS TV’s Round About, Kapyaki on Kingdom TV, Tik Tak sesetula on Dream Tv, Access on BTM Tv, Poko poko on Baba TV, Short Circuit sonsomola on Urban TV, Kachumbali on Top TV, Evening Zone on ABS Tv and Select Ebuzz on STV,

This move was sparked by singer Omulangira Suuna (OS) who sued Next Media Sanyuka Tv presenters Kayz, Wako and Mako for defaming him their gossip shows. The presenters were subsequently remanded to Kitalya prison and later secured bail vowing not to relent on their unapologetic, uncensored program.

Upon their release, UCC picked interest in the matter and summoned 11 Television stations with their presenters who do lugambo and gossip to iron out matters of urgent concern to regulate content.

However, as by yesterday evening, no station had adhered to the commission’s directive of airing gossip shows beyond 10pm and this prompted the UCC head of legal counsel Abdu Salaam Waiswa who was appearing for a talk show at a local radio station to warn that they will go those who have not respected the directives.