TopTV CEO ponders resignation

2012-02-02 09:01

TopTV CEO Vino Govender is in talks with the board regarding a “mutual separation”.

“The board and the CEO [Govender] are in discussion regarding a mutual separation but those discussions are not completed yet,” said the network’s spokeswoman Melinda Connor today.

She said no further comment would be made to the media until the matter was concluded.

Last week the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) ruled that TopTV could not air its controversial, dedicated pornography channel.

The decision followed a lengthy process of public consultation after the pay television network’s application to launch three porn channels.

Icasa ruled at the time that it was decided that women’s right to dignity outweighed TopTV’s right to freedom of expression, and the rights of viewers to receive pornography on television.

It was not clear if the resignation had anything to do with the Icasa ruling.

Connor said the regulator had committed to giving reasons for its decision within 30 days.

“We are still waiting for Icasa’s report back,” she said.

TopTV was awarded a pay-TV licence in September 2007 and the licence was issued in July 2008.

According to TheMediaOnline website, it had about 373 000 viewers in December, at a cost of between R99 and R269 per month.

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