TopTV Allowed To Broadcast Porn on Three Channels


By Ntokozo Sindane    24-Apr-2013 20:15 UTC+02:00
Parents brace themselves for three TopTV porn channels. – image - www.ofrb.gov.on.ca

Parents brace themselves for three TopTV porn channels. – image – www.ofrb.gov.on.ca

Just a few weeks ago, the Family Policy Institute spearheaded a boycott of TopTV when it became known that the company had applied for permission to broadcast pornography on, not one but, three channels. The Mail and Guardian reported that many churches were repulsed by this application and participated in the boycott. Errol Naidoo, the director of the Family Policy Institute, said that research has shown that pornography is not conducive to an environment that is free of violence against women and children.

Be that as it may, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that there is no law put in place to effectively deny the application by TopTV to broadcast pornography. South Africa has focused on preventing the production and distribution of child pornography; the law is tolerant when it comes to controlled viewing of adult content.

As part of the terms of the application, TopTV may only broadcast adult programmes between 8 pm and 5 am. This is the watershed period. ICASA also accepted the security measures proposed by TopTV. To assist parents in controlling what their children can access on television, TopTV will activate a double pin code system.

According to Channel24, ICASA made it clear that many of those who rejected the TopTV application were motivated by concerns around the morality of the application and not its legality. None could present an acceptable legal reason for the application to be denied. The opposition failed to produce research and findings to the effect that pornography does indeed have a direct influence on violence against women and children.

TopTV is yet to advise when the three pornography channels will be launched in South Africa. Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice will soon be on offer to TopTV subscribers while the boycott continues. TopTV believes the porn channels will revive the financial state of the business. Boycotters believe that the interests of women and children should come before profits.


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  1. Moon says:

    Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brgietenhd my day!

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