Ten­sion Es­ca­lates Among Le­banese TV Sta­tions

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Af­ter a lot of give and take be­tween prom­i­nent TV sta­tions MTV and LBCI, ini­tially trig­gered by peo­ple weigh­ing their com­edy talk shows ‘Hayda Hakeh’ (pre­sented by co­me­dian Adel Karam) and ‘La Hon w Bass’ (pre­sented by co­me­dian Hisham Had­dad) against each other in terms of rat­ings, the ten­sion es­ca­lated be­tween the two af­ter MTV pub­lished an ar­ti­cle bash­ing an­other LBC pro­gramme, dat­ing show ‘Take me Out’ for al­legedly de­grad­ing the im­age of Le­banese women and shared it to its Face­book page. This ini­ti­ated a heated na­tion­wide In­ter­net de­bate be­tween fans of the show and dis­ap­prov­ing view­ers on so­cial me­dia, spark­ing a num­ber of ar­ti­cles and blog posts along the way. The mat­ter took a more se­ri­ous turn with Le­banese In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter call­ing out “im­moral ma­te­rial” on lo­cal TV. LBCI owner Pierre Da­her sub­se­quently told Le­banese English­language daily The Daily Star that the in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter al­lowed him the flex­i­bil­ity to adopt nec­es­sary amend­ments to meet the min­is­ter’s call for more moral pro­gram­ming, rather than im­pos­ing spe­cific ad­just­ments on the sta­tion. But the in­ci­dent con­tin­ues to spark con­tro­versy among the Le­banese pop­u­la­tion to date.

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