Oops! Top TV admits it is planning porn channels after all

2011-12-07 00:00

TOP TV plans to introduce three porn channels, operator On Digital Media (ODM) announced yesterday.

This was the day after TOP TV denied involvement with Porn Satellite TV’s (PSat) 24-hour porn channel.

The public has until the end of today to submit its views on ODM’s application to broadcast three Playboy TV channels.

It said the company is “aware that adult content is a very sensitive subject”.

It said the channels will be a stand-alone package not available to regular subscribers, who will not see any on-air promotions or programme guides for the porn offerings. The porn will be encrypted and viewers will need to key in a PIN code to see it.

Top TV’s decision follows its failure to buy sports programming, and the company said it was forced to look at other “niche” offerings.

Last May CEO Vino Govender promised that Top TV would not be offering adult entertainment.

Independent Communications Authority of SA spokesperson Paseka Maleka said the decision on the authorisation of the three pornography channels will be made after the public consultation process is completed.

While Top TV says it is approaching its porn in a very responsible way, the Family Policy Institute disagrees.

The institute’s director, Errol Naidoo, said it will call for a boycott of the broadcaster if the licence is granted.

“It is misleading and deceptive that Top TV can be upset over PSat, but they are planning to do the same.

“For them it is about money-making, not about the effect that porn has on families and men who become addicted.

“If the channels go ahead we encourage Christian citizens and members of other faith groups to stop paying their Top TV subscriptions and cancel their contracts.”

Top TV said yesterday it will take legal action against French company CanalSat, which plans to use the same satellite as Top TV for its PSat hardcore pornography channel.

thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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