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Watchdogs slam TV show for propaganda

National News // Feb. 28, 2017

Broadcasting watchdogs have slammed a satirical show on Swiss German language TV for being biased ahead of an important vote on the future of nuclear energy in the country.

Spotlight Media Productions AG Watchdogs slam TV show for propaganda

The ombudsman office says the laws on neutral journalism applies also to satirical shows, and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation should be extra careful if a topic discussed could affect a vote.

Stronger broadcasting laws kick in automatically a few days before votes – such as a ban on reporting opinion polls.

The programme, Deville Late Night, presented by Michel Deville, regularly takes a strong view on current affairs. But regulators say it is permissible for presenters to have an opinion – but TV shows should not become propaganda. 

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