Commission blasts SABC for adult material

2010-03-30 14:25

THERE is something “seriously amiss” at SABC television, the

Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA said today, after rapping the national

broadcaster over the knuckles for again broadcasting adult material at a time of

day when children were watching.

“We find that SABC2 and SABC3 contravened clause 21 of the Code of

Conduct by broadcasting the promo of the film Lord of the Rings and the episode

of The Summit at times when children might have been part of the audience,” the

commission said.

Its finding stems from an investigation of complaints lodged with

the commission.

The BCCSA said the finding was aggravated by the fact that this was

not the first time the SABC had been warned about adult material being broadcast

at an inappropriate time. However, the commission stopped short of imposing

fines on the two television stations.

“Although the broadcasters deserve heavy fines in the light of

previous similar infringements, we have decided to accept their apologies and

explanations as to why the transgressions had occurred again.

“We have decided to order a serious reprimand to both channels and

we are now holding them to their promise that similar transgressions will not

occur at SABC television,” it said.

There had now been five infringements of clause 21 of the

broadcasting code over the past year.

“These infringements of the code in similar manner are evidence of

something being seriously amiss at SABC television,” the BCCSA said.

The complaint hearing was held last week.

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