Earlier this week, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) issued a directive for all Gossip Television shows to start airing beyond 10pm and before 6am. The directive was meant to be implemented with effect from Wednesday 20th, October 2021.
The directive cause mixed reactions among artists and other entertainers with many criticizing it as it would kill the Entertainment Industry. Many claim that a number of musicians use such shows as NBS TV’s Uncut, BTM TV’s Access and BBS Terefayina’s Round About among others as a platform to market their new products.
Meanwhile, the Sisimuka Uganda boss, Frank Gashumba whom we might all conclude that he attained celebrity status by gracing ‘gossip shows’ on local televisions has shown full support to the UCC Directive. The motormouth self made philanthropist believes that UCC was spot in calling for rescheduling of live gossip TV programs beyond 10 pm as he termed them Rubbish Shows.
“Lugambo “Gossip” Rubbish SHOWS should air at 3:00AM,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
UCC says that after a thorough investigation, the nature of content of these shows contain adult content sexual innuendos and profanity, with the potential to disturb and harm some members of the public, especially children with some presenters often appearing on air while dressed indecently in skimpy outfit and using X-rated language.
The listed shows by UCC include NBS and Sanyuka TV’s Uncut Sabula, NBS and Sanyuka TV’s Uncut Kalakata, Spark TV’s Live Wire, Urban TV’s Short Circuit Sonsomola, ABS TV’s Evening Zone, Baba TV’s Poko Poko, BBS TV’s Roundabout Dream TV’s Tik Taka Sesetula, Kingdom TV’s Kapyaki, STV’s Select E-Buzz, BTM TV’s Acces and Top TV’s Kachumbali.