TopTV gets green light for porn

2013-04-24 14:07

TopTV’s application to air three adult channels on its pay-TV service has been approved by Icasa, as there is no law that allows them to deny it.

Icasa said today it had approved On Digital Media’s (ODM) application to broadcast the three porn content channels: Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice, between 8pm and 5am.

Icasa said it upholds the view that “there is no law of general application prohibiting the production and distribution of adult content in the republic.

Only the production and distribution of child pornography is expressly prohibited by law.”

The application was on the basis that TopTV would ensure that programming which contains sexually explicit scenes, conduct and/or offensive language intended for adult audiences will not be broadcast before the watershed period (starting from 8pm); and all the security measures including the double PIN code proposed by TopTV in its application are in place to safeguard children’s rights.

“The authority has also considered all submissions made in respect of this application from all interested stakeholders and it was found that most of the representations made were based on moral grounds; rather than ... evidence to demonstrate some of the conclusive remarks linking pornography and gender-based violence. It is the authority’s view that indeed there is no basis or law for the rejection of TopTV’s application,” Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka said.

TopTV hopes the successful porn application will turn around the business’ fortunes as it is currently under business rescue and courting a Chinese investor, StarTimes media group.

TopTV has not yet stated when it plans to launch the three porn channels.

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