Malawi regulator again summons Kasakula, Brian Banda over ‘Hot Current’ truth telling show on Times TV

Broadcasting regulators, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra)  continues to pursue its plans to ban media giant Times Group from  showing on Times TV  a television talk show ‘Hot Current’ on Times TV which is gaining popularity in Malawi as following the ‘truth telling’ discussion which is hosted by marverick broadcaster Brian Banda.

Brian Banda and George Kasakura: Hot Current presenters on Times TV

The program which is featuring Times Group Editor-in-Chief George Kasakula is showing brave and substantive journalistic endeavours (often at great personal risk) and discussing matters of current which are hitting headlines, taking government into task on accountability and corruption.

Macra has agains summoned Kasakula and Banda  to appear before the board on Friday  in Blantyre  as they stand  accused of describing President Peter Mutharika of practising nepotism during the recent program.

According to a letter leaked from Macra  summoning the journalists signed by its Director General Godfrey Itaye dated 27 June 2017, state that Kasakula,  who is one of DPP-led government’s  most acerbic critics,   did not make “honest expression of opinion” when he heaped blame on the  Peter Mutharika administration for the socio-economic woes facing the country.

Macra views the remarks by Kasakula that the incompetence of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government is so telling that it can be felt, “was not made  in good faith.”

The regulator also faults ‘Hot Current’ for accusing DPP administration of nepotism, corruption and arrogant.

It also accuses Times of waging “media war” when it criticised during the ‘Hot Current’ the tax-funded  Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), saying it is on the dangerous path.

Kasakula claimed BC workers  are  “propping up a regime that has let down Malawians.”

Hot Current program is showing brave and substantive journalistic endeavours (often at great personal risk) and discussing matters of current which are hitting headlines, taking government into task on accountability and corruption.

Kasakula is also attracting wrath of those wielding power recklessly, even criminally, with complete impunity and unaccountability as he is putting them on spot with his no holds barred critique.

The  program is also shared on YouTube.

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BWAMPINI
Guest

Santana or SATAN. Why do you fail to write your own name? Your comments reflect your character as a Satanist. Am sure you excrete blue poop as well. Your comments are so boring and show your moral and intellectual bankruptcy. Your hatred of the MCP and these learned journalists is beyond adjectival description. Mukuonekatu kuti mukumva nawo PAIN Mafanawa kkkkkkkk. Keep it BB. Keep it up GK. You are true patriots. Most well informed Malawians are behind you. Forget the haters. Forget SATAN

Rift Valley
Guest
It is sad, and it pains me, the way Malawi’s bright minds are being abused and the people concerned being reduced to zombies to be manipulated in the way politicians desire. I feel for Itaye and other CEO’s in parastatals who are unable to work according to what they know best and instead be forced to make decisions they know are at tangent to professional ethics. The little I have listened to during the Hot Current Program is the truth, nothing but the truth. For example, we all know the so called DPP cadets beat up a Police officer at… Read more »
mwana mulomwe
Guest

Brian and George they are doing it professionally , they went to school and they know what are doing even if it means going to court mukachitako manyazi kumeneko .bravo brian and george

Benjamin
Guest

Brian and kasakula don’t stop don’t be discouraged.Malawians are behind cause you telling absolute truth.

CHEISAH
Guest

IFE AKU MANGOCHI KWA M’BALUKU POLOGALAMA YA HOT CURRENT YIMATIYIMILIRA. NDAMVA KUTI MBC YILIPILA A MSOWOYA CHINDAPUTSA CHA 3 MILLION KWACHA CHIFUKWA CHOWULUTSA ZABODZA. ATENGE NDALAMA ZA MUTHUMBA LA SUMBULETA NDI DPP MISONKHO YATHU AYI!

santana
Guest
Phillip Business cannot be compared with these boot lickers of Chakwera. Business talks about developmental work which is done in every region in the country. He talks to people on the ground about how they feel with the project in their areas. While the two guys, George and Brian are always after personalities. The sad thing is that since they started campaigning for MCP I have never heard any defections to MCP which means the party is yet to gain anything from them. None should cheat that the two are working for Malawians. Better say they are working for the… Read more »
Navaga
Guest

Kasakula ndi wa kongolesi Brian wa PP nde when commenting dont comment as if the issue is about Journalists. Kasakula walemba ma articles angati onyoza dpp? Koma palibe chomwe wapindula. Nde pano akuti Hot Current….. at first i was thinking kuti izichita cover all current affairs but mmmm. Nanga mavuto onse ali ku Kongolesiwa Hot current nkumakambabe za DPP? Ayambenso program special yokopera anthu kuti alowe kongolesi osati zomabisazi.

yemwe uja
Guest

Brian ndi George mumatipolamila pa malawi pano palibenso Phillip business kuchita kunvesa chisoni chifukwa akumpangila zochita

hatton
Guest

Don’t worry Malawians, Brian Banda akulira after chewing cashgate money with Joyce Banda when he was Press officer at Kamuzu palace. What a shame to serve a president who has never won a presidential election in her life.
Mr Kasakula is a failed politician who lost M.C.P primary elections in Kasungu. What a shame to serve a professional opposition party. Mulira for the next 40 years because your Masters will never make it into goverment.

komko
Guest

Keep it up Kasakula Kizito Boy

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