29 November 2011

Midnight DJs react on bishop's call for censorship



Two popular radio jocks have addressed the call of Sorsogon bishop Arturo Bastes for the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) to monitor, censor, and punish DJs that use what he deemed as foul language especially during their late night programs.
DJ Chacha of Tambayan 101.9 stood her ground on the matter, saying in an interview aired on “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Nov. 28, that her late-night radio show, where she entertains listeners' calls and gives advice on their personal woes, is not all about sex.

“Hindi lang sex po ‘yung usapan. Like kung merong magshe-share ng problema sa’yo, madadaanan mo lang siya, [pero] hindi mo naman mismo pag-uusapan ‘yung ginawa nila, pa’no nila ginawa ‘to, sa’n nila ginawa ‘to…” she related.
Meanwhile, Papa Jack of Love Radio 90.7, who has a similar program as Chacha’s, respects Bishop Bastes’ views, yet he deemed, “I think there are more lives touched, than ruined" through their shows.
In the same taped report, Bishop Bastes lamented that DJs who use obscene language “tempt people to sin, especially sexual innuendos.”
He even advised these DJs to play religious songs at midnight instead.
Bishop Bastes further explained his side on the issue via a live phone interview on “UKG” also on Monday. Although he apparently has not caught an episode of DJ Chacha or Papa Jack’s shows—“because at midnight I’m already asleep,” he said at one point—the bishop related that a number of people have voiced their complaints to him.
“To promote morality, the DJs should avoid [foul] language… This kind of broadcasting is not fit for a Christian country, not only for Christians, but all people with competitive moral standards, whether Muslims, or any people with belief in God or belief in good humanity,” he maintained.
As for people who find nothing vulgar with the language or the discussions on these midnight DJs’ programs, Bishop Bastes pointed out that, “some people have a high standard of morality, others have a lower kind, depende what background he [came from].”
“But remember that these listeners are millions of people who belong to different backgrounds and [the] youth is also listening to that… kaya this broadcasting can be bad.  We should be careful in using [that kind of] language…” he added.
By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ
mb.com.ph

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