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MultiChoice admits to mafia gaffe

2012-04-13 11:51
 
MultiChoice National Geographic
Cape Town – MultiChoice messed up with the mafia, admitting to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), following complaints, that they erroneously broadcast shows about the mafia with the wrong classification during the daytime on the National Geographic Channel (DStv 260).

Following a case with the BCCSA over mafia themed shows, The Mafia and The Mob's Bloody Valentine broadcast at 10:00 and 13:00 on the National Geographic Channel in January – earlier than the watershed timeslot according to regulations, MultiChoice admitted that the classification of these shows was incorrect.

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The documentaries were incorrectly classified as "family viewing".

The shows "should at least have been one of Parental Guidance (PG) with an age restriction of 10 or 13" according to the BCCSA. The shows contained images of dead bodies, but according to the BCCSA, no blood and no graphic detail.

MultiChoice explained that the National Geographic Channel is a UK feed from Britain and that DStv has no control over what is shown and how the channel line-up is packaged.

The broadcasting company said that all channels on the DStv bouquet are advised about the South African classification and regulation requirements.

MultiChoice took responsibility for the transgression of the broadcasting code.

MultiChoice said mistakes are sometimes made, for instance when a new employee who has not been properly trained, makes the wrong classification for South African purposes. The BCCSA decided not to fine MultiChoice.

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