Tanzania’s Wasafi TV has been shut down for a period of six months.
Tanzania’s top television station is expected to resume normal broadcasting on July, 6.
Tanzania Communication Regulation Authority- TCRA ordered Wasafi TV management to spend the whole of Tuesday airing apology messages and completely shut by Wednesday morning 6th January until July 6, 2021.
The communication regulatory body said the stringent actions follows ‘Tumewasha Live Concert’ aired live on January 1, 2021.
The most-watched Television station in Tanzania owned by Wasafi Classic Baby WCB BRAND hosted a live entertainment broadcast of an artist Gift Stanford Joshua Makyussa famously known as Gigy Money.
The regulatory body has also banned Gigy Money from performing in any concert or public forum for the same period.
The renowned top artist and a ‘Crowd puller’ has also been slammed with a 1 million Tanzania shillings fine, equivalent to 50,000 Kenya shillings.
According to the statement, the 23-year-old female artist took the stage while semi-nude as most of her private parts were exposed to the public.
According to the TCRA at times Gigy Money takes the stage to entertain her audience in underwear which is against TCRA provisions.
“Despite ordering Wasafi TV management to appear before our management board to explain their actions, they ignored and they only appeared today 5th January 2021,” read part of the statement.
[Wasafi TV CEO Diamond Platinumz (Left) with Tanzania artist Gigy Money. Photo/courtesy].
Wasafi TV and radio have received close monitoring and serious actions from the Tanzania government following a ‘reckless’ statement on air and airing explicit content.
“If they ignore these orders more stringent legal measures will befall them,” read part of the statement.
In September 2020, Wasafi FM received a 7 days ban after airing explicit content according to the Tanzania Communication Regulatory authority.