TopTV submits another bid for licence to air three porn channels

2013-01-14 00:00

TOPTV has submitted a second application to broadcast “adult entertainment” on three new TV channels.

This application comes after the pay-to-view platform had been under new management to rescue the business since October 31 last year.

The application submits that TopTV would have a sustainable future with adults-only content.

The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) last year rejected TopTV’s application to broadcast pornography.

Paseka Maleka, Icasa spokesperson, said the second application was submitted in December.

He confirmed that TopTV had again applied for three “video channels”.

“The application is more or less the same,” Maleka said.

The Family Policy Institute (FPI) has denounced the application in a joint statement with several Christian denominations and independent churches.

Errol Naidoo, director of FPI, said he was shocked that the management of On Digital Media, which owns TopTV, was making the same application, especially in view of the public’s strong opposition in previous unsuccessful attempts. Naidoo said the FPI and its partners were appealing to South Africans to boycott TopTV.

TopTV in 2011 announced plans to start three 24-hour pornographic TV channels in South Africa. Its application was turned down by Icasa and the high court ruled that TopTV could not broadcast pornography without Icasa’s permission.

Eddie Mbalo, executive head of TopTV, said “adult entertainment” was being broadcast across the world and that South Africans who wanted to watch such content on local channels should be able to do so.

He said Top TV’s new application had addressed previous concerns and that it would await Icasa’s ruling.

Mbalo added that research had shown that adult entertainment was a key driving force for pay-to-view television.

Maleka said the application would still be in its public consultation phase next week and encouraged all interested groups to present their views. Comments can be sent to Ndondo Dube of Icasa at ­pndube@icasa.org.za.

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