PETALING JAYA: Gossips on artistes harped on the trivial side and gossip columns are popular as they make a good read, said a retired columnist.
“These short and juicy tidbits are the ones that readers look for when they read the newspapers and magazines,” said Bahyah Mahmood (or BAM), who has had her share of scoops and gaffes under the hottest gossip column “Syhhh....BAM” in Mingguan Malaysia for more than 20 years.
“Gossip are sometimes just wild rumours or sensational facts. But most of the time, they are true stories about an artiste.
“So, I don’t see anything wrong with gossip columns,” said Bahyah, 54, who has been likened to Hedda Hopper, Hollywood’s famous gossip columnist.
Bahyah was commenting on remarks made by veteran actor Datuk Jins Samsuddin in the Senate.
He had urged the Internal Security Ministry to review the gossip columns in the local media as he felt they brought little benefit and could cause enmity among the artistes.
National Press Club president Ahiruddin Attan said although Jins had a point as some gossip could bring harm to individuals, gossip columnists should be made answerable for what they wrote.
Rosli Manah, editor of URTV said gossip should “serve as reminders to artistes to behave”.
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