The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suspended the broadcast licence of Kawala based Christian tv station – ABS television for breach of minimum broadcasting standards.
The media house is owned by embattled Pastor Augustine Yiga of Revival Ministries.
The UCC executive director Godfery Mutabazi in the letter dated 5th September 2017 and addressed to the managing director of Revival Ministries, says the suspension of the TV licence follows several warnings to review their programmes.
Mutabazi invoked Sections 5 (1) and 41 of the UCC Act 2013 and Clause 13 of the License and indefinitely suspended ABS TV until such a time when the commission shall be satisfied that ABS TV has modified and harmonised its programme content with the law, the minimum broadcasting standards and the license terms and conditions.
This is not the first time ABS TV is being penalised. October 2016, the station was fined Ugx. 25m and management assured the regulator it will never broadcast any other offensive programme.
“In spite of the several warnings and attempts to give management of ABS television time to review its programmes and avoid further broadcast of offensive programmes, the station has continued to act contrary to the minimum broadcasting standards,” noted the UCC boss.
The station recently recruited skimpily dressed Rwandese women to anchor the 8:00 pm news bulletins. More often these women are made to undress live on tv.
The two news anchors identified as Apple Nankunda and Sylivia Mukabashambo, anchor the news bulletin titled ‘Agebweeru’, from Monday to Thursday.
Last year, following numerous complaints from the public, the station was suspended over its ‘Kalondozi’ programme.
‘Kalondozi’ was similar to the famous CBS reality’s cheaters programme often followed couples who were cheating in a relationship or who were allegedly engaged in witchcraft. The program broadcasted photos of women and men engaged in sexual activities in what UCC claimed violated Section 31 of the Uganda Communications Act (2013) and Section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act (2014).
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