More porn for SA screens

2013-12-04 11:47

Eddie Mbalo, the interim CEO of On Digital Media (ODM), is proud to bring porn to South African TV, with the South African satellite pay-TV operator planning to bring more sex channels to its pornographic package in the new year – including pornography coming from Africa.

ODM and StarSat’s porn plans are raising new concerns within South Africa about “a flood of filth” on South African TV.

“We at StarSat are proud to deliver this offering for the first time to South African viewers,” says Mbalo about StarSat’s pornographic bouquet, which South African viewers can now subscribe to at a cost of R159 per month.

ODM and StarTimes changed the TopTV brand into StarSat. ODM and its financial backer China’s StarTimes are now planning more porn next year for StarSat besides the Playboy TV and hardcore Private Spice channel, which come with an R18 rating.

The separate Playboy Plus bouquet with the porn channels is supplied by Playboy TV UK / Benelux Limited in England and runs from 8pm to 5am daily.

Broadcast regulator Icasa granted ODM a licence earlier this year following a second application. Mbalo says the erotic sex channels will “in the long run promote healthy relationships, positive images of sexuality, and of women in particular”, for South Africa.

Errol Naidoo of the Family Policy Institute has called for a renewed nationwide boycott of ODM and StarSat “with immediate effect”, saying South Africans need to “take a bold and uncompromising stand against the flood of filth infiltrating our nation”.

Naidoo further said: “Research consistently shows that regular porn consumption leads to addictions and often fuels sexual crimes against women and children.”

According to Naidoo, “our government is making it easier for children to be exposed to hardcore pornography on the internet and TV”.

He says people supporting ODM and StarSat are contributing to pornography on South African TV.

The Justice Alliance of SA (Jasa), which is also opposed to ODM and StarSat’s porn broadcast intends to have a court relook the pornography on South African television issue.

Jasa has brought a court application against ODM, Icasa, and the minister of communications. The case will be heard early in 2014. A group of teenagers also opposed to porn, has joined the case.

Jasa wants a court to review Icasa’s decision regarding the broadcast times. ODM initially wanted to broadcast the channels 24 hours per day but backed down and decreased it to starting only at 8pm at night.

“We don’t think pornographic programmes should be broadcast at all, but after [11pm] would be a more reasonable time,” says Jasa in a statement. We contend that fixing a watershed time of [8pm] flies in the face of common sense, bearing in mind that most teenage children finish their homework at about [8pm] and then watch TV for an hour or two until bedtime.”

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