Kwame Obeng Asare, a political activist and media personality, has strongly criticized a letter from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) urging UTV’s management to make changes to the United Showbiz program. During the September 30 episode of the show, A Plus, a regular panelist, read the contents of the letter and vehemently condemned both its content and the act of sending it.
A Plus labeled the letter as “ineffective” and argued that such actions by the NPP only tarnished the party’s reputation. He went on to express concern that these actions might undermine the constitutional provisions regarding media independence. In a dramatic gesture, he tore up his copy of the letter, declaring, “This letter is offensive because it has led to threats against UTV United Showbiz.”
Furthermore, A Plus noted that a significant portion of UTV’s viewership consisted of NPP supporters who were appreciated for their contributions to the show. He emphasized the need for the NPP to refrain from such actions, categorizing the letter as “foolish.”
He concluded by asserting that in a country where the President is a seasoned lawyer who upholds the rule of law, no one should attempt to dictate the content of the show. He urged the NPP never to send such letters again.
In the previous week, the NPP leadership had expressed concerns about the program’s panelists frequently criticizing the government. They suggested that this recurring trend raised questions about the show’s intentions and highlighted disparaging comments aimed at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in recent episodes.