Top TV denies talk of deal with 24-hour porn channel

2011-12-06 00:00

SATELLITE TV network Top TV has placed on record that it is not, and never been, in any talks with Porn Satelite TV (PSat) regarding a new 24-hour sex channel being carried through its platform.

Yesterday media reports were rife that a new channel offering hardcore porn would be available from January 2012.

Reports claimed that the channel would be broadcast on the Astra 4A satellite, the one that carries Top TV.

To access the channel viewers would need a new smartcard and decoder besides a Top TV decoder.

The decoder for the porn site is known as the PSat decoder, and to view the raunchy channel viewers would have to fork out R99 a month.

Viewers would have to unplug their Top TV decoder and plug in the PSat decoder, which Top TV says its illegal.

Said the channel’s vice-president for sales and marketing, Marius Liebenberg, “We are not aware that PSat.TV has applied for or has been issued with a broadcast licence from the country’s broadcast regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa [Icasa]. In this regard, it would appear that the PSat.TV service is being distributed illegally and in contravention of the applicable laws while also negatively impacting on the operation of Top TV.”

He added that PSat “is misusing and misrepresenting the Top TV brand in the market place. We have already made urgent submissions to the relevant industry bodies and regulators and will be launching legal proceedings against PSat.TV”.

Anti-pornography organisations such as the Family Policy Institute and Standing Together to Oppose Pornography have called on the government to intervene as PSat has apparently claimed that there is nothing that authorities can do to stop the broadcast.

Icasa spokesperson Palesa Maleka confirmed that the French adult channel does not have a licence or jurisdiction to operate in South Africa.

“… In terms of the Electronic Communications Act any person who wants to provide any broadcasting service must apply for the licence from Icasa, and according to our records PSat does not have a broadcasting service licence,” said Maleka.

Attempts to get comment from Psat TV were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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