Icasa denies TopTV's porn application

2012-01-27 11:30
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has refused TopTV's application to start a new hardcore pornographic package of channels, Channel24 has learnt.

It brings to an end an almost 3-month public battle during which the pay TV operator came under widespread criticism from wanting to introduce the Adult XXX, Playboy Europe and Private Spice channels in South Africa.

Icasa said it would provide reasons for denying TopTV's application within 30 days.

TopTV's board indicated that it would accept Icasa's decision. Asked for comment on Friday, TopTV said the pay TV operator will "wait for Icasa to provide their reasons for decling the channels. Until then we are unable to make any comments."

Firestorm

TopTV ignited a massive firestorm when news broke that TopTV wanted to start a separate subscription porn package which dented the pay TV operator's brand reputation in the past few months.

While the pay TV operator became imbroiled in a separate bitter fight with South Africa's broadcasting regulator over regulatory approval procedures, a massive public backlash battered the company with widespread criticism from the public, united Christian, Muslim and Hindu faith-based groups, as well as the Film and Publication Board, the trade union Cosatu, and TopTV investors voicing strong opposition to the plan.

The majority of TopTV's board became decidedly negative over the company's porn plans in a urgent meeting this week.

No porn on TV

TopTV didn't give an oral presentation at its public hearing for its channels application convened by Icasa on Monday and was strangely silent, while the Film and Publication Board said that the Broadcasting Act clearly stipulates that the distribution of pornography can be done only through licensed stores and classified videos.

The Film and Publication Board said that the sale of pornographic content is only allowed to be made to people over the age of 18 and that hardcore pornography can't be broadcast on television.

Comments

  • Grant - 2012-01-27 11:19

    Kinda like banning Panado in the fight against drugs! Ha ha ha

      kaMazibuko - 2012-01-27 12:25

      lol thats funny grant.....reminds me of what cartman #southPark said "going to macdonalds for salad is like going to a prostitute for a hug "

      Grant - 2012-01-27 14:44

      Cartman's a legend!

  • Anton - 2012-01-27 11:49

    what a nanny state we live in

      Fred - 2012-01-27 13:46

      And the mindless religibots ask why we constantly oppose, mock and ridicule their beliefs in an invisible magic man in the sky (who grants wishes). They would all be happy with a return to the dark ages where they control everyone's life and suck the citizenry dry with tithes to support the self-appointed mammon loving pastors, priest, popes and reverends. Hypocrites, the lot of them. Funny things about people who believe in the invisible magic man in the sky. In the US (where research is done) the regions where there is the highest number of christians consume the most online porn. http://furiouspurpose.me/the-religious-do-love-their-porn/ US again. The more religious the state, the higher the rates of teen pregnancy. http://www.google.co.za/search?q=bible+belt+teenage+pregnancies&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a Pakistan, a Muslim country, is the world's leader in online searches for pornographic material Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/12/data-shows-pakistan-googling-pornographic-material/#ixzz1k9Yg0znd

      Phillip - 2012-01-27 14:13

      Fred "invisible man in the sky" God maybe unseen but He still answers prayers. Just maybe He does exist. By looking at your posts you are really sore about this decision. Care to explain why?

      Grant - 2012-01-27 14:53

      @Fred - your attack on those who believe in a God undermines the points you make. Most fuddy-duddies are hypocrites, yes... and quite honestly the degree to which people follow the very same "moral code" that they try to impose on others definitely comes into question... But the existence of God holds no bearing in your argument, so why trash it?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-27 14:58

      Fred... you said it perfectly. These religious people who looove to control other peoples lives. Obviously not all are that way, but most of em are a bunch of hypocrites.

      Fred - 2012-01-27 16:44

      @Phillip Ja, Phillip who dicks providing any facts or evidence to support nonsensical claims. It is but a small step between believing something without evidence to believing something despite evidence to the contrary.

      Trevor - 2012-01-27 16:47

      what is an invisible magic man in the sky? I'm beginning to wonder whether Fred is a troll who goes under a number of other pseudonyms - I've heard sky daddy, magic man, sheeple and many other cliched, choice terms that lead me to question their sincerity and then conclude that they are regurgitations in different formats.

      beryl.knipe - 2012-03-09 04:18

      IT IS NOT ONLY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS FILTH!!!

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-27 12:35

    What is this? education for the future generation!

  • Gerda - 2012-01-27 12:40

    Well done Icasa. And thanks to all voices against pornography.

      Fred - 2012-01-27 13:49

      Now go back to your cosie watching the bad stuff on the internet, hey? The religious do love their porn http://furiouspurpose.me/the-religious-do-love-their-porn/

      Dirk - 2012-01-27 14:16

      Weskoppies obviously having an out weekend

      Fred - 2012-01-27 15:58

      @Dirk Great thoughtful comments. Congratulations.

  • Final.Punishment - 2012-01-27 14:02

    ICASA- bunch of s h 1 .... holes

  • Johan - 2012-01-27 14:07

    There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums - Larry Flynt

  • Paul - 2012-01-27 15:23

    Well done to ICASA. The fact of the matter is that porn is addictive and can be harmful. Read this if you don't believe me. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/11/65772

      Fred - 2012-01-27 15:59

      As a Christian, you would be an expert, right? The religious do love their porn http://furiouspurpose.me/the-religious-do-love-their-porn/

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-01-27 18:29

      Mmmm... yes mr Paul. I read the wired article. Interesting ideas they have. More interesting the people who have those ideas. People like NARTH that still believe you can cure homosexuality by therapy and prayer. Yep, they will pray the gay away. Same folks also propagate other falsities. Maybe the best thing to say about porn is this: psychologically it MAY have addictive potential. If you're lonely and use it as a form of release then you may get hooked because you are LONELY. If you're in a relationship already and you still need the porn, then there is some underlying issue that needs your urgent attention, yours and you spouse's. But lets not imagine ourselves that porn and crack cocaine fall under the same heading. I smell a rat and it has a strongly religious flavour to it. Make no mistake, I won't advocate porn as a good thing necessarily, but heck there are bigger problems the world has to worry about, rather than some bloke wasting a few drops into a sock there.... Really!

      Grant - 2012-01-28 08:22

      //The fact of the matter is that porn is addictive and can be harmful.// Then why arent you applauding the strict controls top tv would have used to control it. Christianity can be harmful. Lets nanny that too?

  • Mpho - 2012-01-27 16:31

    I want to see if porno fans will go toyitoying in protest outside Icasa offices! LoL! C'mon people, show yourself!

      Fred - 2012-01-27 16:41

      Just because we support freedom of choice and freedom of speech does not necessarily make us porno fans.

  • alison.scheppel - 2012-01-29 08:58

    Thank you ICASA - at least there are some people in this country who actually still follow the laws.

  • Ina - 2012-02-01 12:02

    So now I hope ICASA is going to shut down e-tv's porn and dstv porn classified as "adult viewing" too. I don't think so ... because there are people behind them who has connections in high places.

  • shando.kandaba - 2012-02-02 12:54

    top TV maybe U have to change to Top-Porn-TV maybe that mite HELP......... for your License!!!!!!!!!!!

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-03-09 04:20

    IT IS NOT ONLY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE THESE PORNOGRAPHIC CHANNELS. SO ..... FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO BLAME! IDIOTS!!

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