Uzbekistan: News Bulletins to Be Broadcast Live
In a potentially seismic break from custom, state television in Uzbekistan has begun broadcasting news bulletins live to air instead of pre-recording the programs.
Dia.uz News website reported that the first such bulletin to be aired in this way was the Ahborot (“News”) program shown on Channel 1 on April 4 at 2 p.m.
This sudden change of policy comes on the heels of criticism about the standard of news programing from President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The president said at a government meeting on March 30 that state television and radio stations needed overhauling — he singled out Uzbekistan and Yoshlar TV stations and the Ahborot bulletin for particular condemnation.
“The time for cheerleading is over. What we need on television are critical and analytical materials. People should be waiting for these programs with a sense of anticipation,” he said.
It was Mirziyoyev that specifically suggested the news should go out live.
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