The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has issued a warning letter to United Television (UTV) regarding their popular show, United Showbiz in a letter dated on September 19, 2023.
The letter originating from the Party’s Headquarters, addressed concerns about the recent shift in the content of UTV’s United Showbiz program.
It was stated in the letter that, the show had strayed from its original content and was now featuring material that appeared to serve political interests unrelated to its intended purpose.
Furthermore, the letter emphasised that UTV, which is owned by Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, appeared to be promoting political agendas that suits and favor the opposition party NDC.
In addition, the letter highlighted that, the show had been marred by unnecessary rants and a barrage of insults often resulting in chaos among panelist and insults directed at the presidency.
The NPP clarified that their call for UTV to reform the show was not solely driven by political motives or criticism. Rather it stemmed from their concern about the decline in the quality of public discourse which they found regrettable and unacceptable.
Read NPP’s letter to UTV below;
Reform United Showbiz Program
I trust this message finds you well.
“I have been directed by the lead ship of the New Patriotic Party to draw your attention to some recent observations we have made regarding the prime-time program, United Showbiz.
“Currently, United Showbiz appears to be operating as a platform that serves the interests of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). It is evident to any discerning viewer who has followed the program in recent weeks that its content significantly deviated from its original purpose and relevance.
“The program now frequently features intemperate language, unconstructive rants, and outright insults directed at the presidency by the panelists. Thi has become a recurring pattern that raises the question of whether the show has inadvertently transitioned into a political talk show. If such a transformation is indeed the case, it is imperative to address the imbalance in representation granting the New Patriotic Party (NPP) a fair and equitable platform to ensure objectives, fairness and equity.
“In upholding your station’s duty of care towards the public, it is incumbent upon the management to facilitate equal representation rather than turning a bling eye to this issue. A thriving democracy thrives on diverse viewpoints to propose and debate policies. Whiles we, in the NPP, welcome a mature conversation about the economy and its related challenges, we can not condone the erosion of public discourse to such a lamentable level. This is not merely a matter of “politics or criticism.