Tension Escalates Among Lebanese TV Stations
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.