DStv fined R10k for showing penis

2012-04-24 13:45
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – DStv is in hot water again after the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) fined pay TV operator MultiChoice R10 000 for showing a man's penis and full frontal male nudity during a game show rated PG13.

On game show Banzai, broadcast on Sony Max channel 126, viewers had to guess "who has the biggest package" among five young men dressed in small, tight-fitting Speedos of different colours.

The men were poised on stage as a camera zoomed in on each man's Speedo – each contestant was then given a chance to step forward and put their hands in their Speedos. The “winner” then dropped his Speedo and showed physical proof of his massive manhood on the show, rated PG13.

"When the third man steps forward, he does not put his hand in his Speedo, but he pulls it down and exposes his very long penis in a close shot full in the face of the viewer," said the BCCSA in the judgment.

Big impression

"The scene lasts only a few seconds, but the shot is close enough to make a lasting impression on the viewer. Thereafter the third man is declared the winner. One has to conclude that the remaining two men have shorter penises, so the viewer is spared further shots of genitals," said the BCCSA.

"We fortunately have no children, but if we had, what use would PG13 have been?" a complainant wrote to the BCCSA. "I feel it's extremely inappropriate to show scenes like these where most people have access to it."

"MultiChoice concedes that classification of PG13 was not suitable for the episode in question and it was due to an error on the on the side of the channel provider," MultiChoice told the BCCSA.

"MultiChoice apologised to the complainant for the inconvenience caused."

BBCSA is concerned

In its judgement, the BCCSA found that for South African television, according to the broadcasting code, "the close shot of a full frontal 'in your face' penis was offensive to viewers, even the broadminded, balanced and not oversensitive ones".

MultiChoice had the option to present a written response for mitigation before the BCCSA levelled a fine but the pay TV operator chose not to.

The BCCSA said it is concerned with the "recurrence of contraventions in this regard" by MultiChoice. The BCCSA fined MultiChoice R10 000 for the contravention which DStv has to pay by May 15.

MultiChoice was recently found to be in breach of incorrect age restriction classification, also by the BCCSA, after complaints regarding the screening of mafia themed programming on the National Geographic Channel during the day.


  • stephan.ulrich1 - 2012-04-24 13:14

    BCCSA have no ground in this case. MultiChoice buys the shows with an age-restriction already decided

      Preshen - 2012-04-24 13:34

      They are making a big issue out of a small thing (pun intended)

      tseliso.molukanele - 2012-04-24 13:37

      I'm sure Multichoice can change the restrictions. I'm sure they have the sole responsibility to the viewers to make sure the restrictions that appear are correct for the content. What you are saying is that if I buy 2L containers of milk from a factory and sell them in my shop and they happen to be 1.8L that I should not be held responsible!

      Ben - 2012-04-24 13:40

      @ tseliso.molukanele . No they're not allowed to change ratings.

      nieldevilliers - 2012-04-24 14:47

      um how are they not allowed to change ratings? are you saying that we are forced to use the same racings as the ones that an US/Indian/British production company came up with?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 14:55

      Pathetic fine....Try 10 mill. These big organizations need to be handed a lesson in consequences for their tardiness.

      Foc - 2012-04-25 09:23

      bluzulu I think you just peed off that you missed that broadcast ... thats the only reason you want them nailed :-)

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-04-25 09:24

      It upsets me that I have to waste my time, commenting on the fact that some viewer has wasted theirs. Personally, I'm far more affected by watching the news, which carries no actual age restriction, seeing people in Syria getting murdered in their hundreds than I am seeing a penis, which I could see by looking down. If the complaint is just, then apply it in a uniform manner.

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-25 09:58

      @Alicia sexist

      rurapenthe - 2012-04-25 10:29

      Each country decides its own restrictions, thats why if you lookup something on imdb.com and go their ratings you will see them list different countries, with varying ratings. The onus is in Multichoice to provide the correct ratings for this country as they are broadcasting it here.

      Phillys - 2012-04-26 10:19

      small willie Bluzulu ?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-24 13:15

    who set the age limits? if it wasn't multichoice the BCCSA can go fly a kite.

      tseliso.molukanele - 2012-04-24 13:37

      I'm sure Multichoice can change the restrictions. I'm sure they have the sole responsibility to the viewers to make sure the restrictions that appear are correct for the content. What you are saying is that if I buy 2L containers of milk from a factory and sell them in my shop and they happen to be 1.8L that I should not be held responsible!

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-04-25 09:26

      Great example. The factory sends you the milk by the pallet. They tell you they are 2l bottles. You, being the cynic that you are, go and measure each and every bottle on the presumption that the factory are liars! Come on.

      marnusmnorval - 2012-04-25 15:24

      YOu can in fact change restrictions. Thats why some shows have different age restrictions when they come out on dvd.

  • Grant - 2012-04-24 13:16

    They've done it before - full-frontal male nudity in a PG film... Nothing wrong with nudity, but if the age-restricting is there, you should be able to trust it. Anyone else noticed that male nudity is on the rise (so to speak)? Game of Thrones, Rome, Oz, Spartacus... man, there's a lot of schlongs around these days! Maybe they'll ease up on the female nudity restrictions soon too... I mean honestly - how many women REALLY sport all-hiding bush these days!? :P

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-24 15:35

      I think the time slot is also important, has to be after 9 PM.

      Brad - 2012-04-25 10:48

      I don't think there is anything wrong with showing a penis as long as it isn't erect or in a sexual context. PG13 should be fine for something like this as long as it is after 22:00 IMHO. But if its in a sexual nature R18! Maybe the bloke who complained felt a "little" jealous?

  • Will - 2012-04-24 13:19

    Isn't there bigger (no pun intended) things in the world to worry about than a penis on tv ?!

      zaatheist - 2012-04-24 14:42

      I am far more disturbed by gratuitous violence that infests television shows, many with no age restrictions at all. Why oh why, is the sight of nude human genitalia worse that a slow motion replay of a somebody being gutted with a knife? Maybe because the scriptures promote violent behaviour and murders and condemn normal human sexuality.

      CoronaSherona - 2012-04-24 16:15

      Like a little bit of wood rot ... or fungus ... No Will, it starts with the small stuff!

      Tessa - 2012-04-24 22:47

      mean for goodness sake. So now that we see a man’s penis on TV and that is an issue?? How many times do we all see full frontal vigina on TV of a PG16 movie? You always see naked woman on TV, like that is something new...... You switch on the TV and most of the time you only see more viginas and boobies.

      Peter - 2012-04-25 12:51

      Oh Zaatheist --- Knew when your name was spotted you would try and turn this into your own personla soap-box. Wake up man. What makes YOUR view that gratuitous full frontal nudity is OK for MY kids, more important than MY view that it (being gratuitous) is not ok for MY kids?

      Thebe - 2012-04-25 13:09

      Tessa wtf is a vigina, have u ever seen one, certainly not me.

      Wynaru - 2012-04-25 19:29

      Now Peter, why would you have your kids watching a show that shows men comparing their package sizes, you see now that is irresponsible. and to be honest, just funny that you would post crap like that just to show that you don't like zaathiest's comment - and a person being gutted is much worse than a some nudity on tv

  • Maximus - 2012-04-24 13:30

    Japanese game show. . . \r\nSome how I doubt anything Asian is going to be leaving a 'lasting impression'.

  • thapelomat - 2012-04-24 13:55

    Really guys?never thought dat was much of a bigger deal coz i loved it.....LOL!!

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-04-24 14:02

    Sex Sells...

  • Gregory - 2012-04-24 14:12

    Where does the money collected go? Anyway, why would you let your children watch such a program and why were they watching it, if they get offended?

      Gift - 2012-04-24 14:46

      My question too where does the money go to

  • dewaldj - 2012-04-24 14:20

    WHO CARES? its a penis. We are born with it so why hide it

      CoronaSherona - 2012-04-24 16:26

      I don't want to see your little weenie and I don't want to see anybody else's Dewald. It is called FREEDOM OF CHOICE, something very few groups can enjoy unless it is mainstream.

      grahampitout - 2012-04-24 17:58

      What about Dewald's FREEDOM OF CHOICE to show his weenie to the world? Think about the poor Dewalds of the world who actually want to show their little weenie's but can't because of all the CoronaSheronas!

      Patsy - 2012-04-25 11:32

      Old saying, dewaldj, 'Evil exists in the eye of the beholder'. There are still going to be some people out there who think genitals are evil and sex is a dirty word. Shame, how anal can one get

      Clive - 2012-04-26 09:15

      @ CoronaSherona If you did not want to see a weenie, then why did you watch the show, which was touted as a weenie competition? Somehow you thought it was about hot dogs?

  • Gregory - 2012-04-24 14:25

    If you are watching a program that check to see "who has the biggest package". What do you expect, fluffy bunny rabbits and cuddly puppies? And then you get upset when you actually see a package!!! Go figure.

      Patsy - 2012-04-25 11:34

      They've never heard of the EXIT button........... Just sit there with their tongues lolling then report it the next day!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-24 14:26

    Get over it! Realy,there are far worse things on tv. All males have one-not like its an alien "appendage".

      Amanda - 2012-04-24 15:01

      Agree and most kids under 13 have seen more than some grown up! just about all have cell phones and internet!

  • brian.korobele - 2012-04-24 14:27

    this is Joke 10K atleat 10M will be reasonable

  • Frauke - 2012-04-24 14:28

    Can you please send the link to this episode of the game show...I would like to see if it has a lasting impression on me ;)

  • Hemant - 2012-04-24 14:36

    Storm in a Speedo, but who the hell commissions as how like this, Reality TV and Game Shows have lost the plot

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-04-24 14:46

    Banzai just rocks. A betting program, but I enjoy it even watching alone...though it's always nice to make money with it:))

  • Ken - 2012-04-24 14:48

    Must have been a small penis worth a R10K fine!......I would have caused a R100K fine!

      Stephen - 2012-04-25 16:00

      Not really, the fine is R100 per inch.

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-04-24 14:49

    R10 000? That boils down to what, about R1000 for every person who actuially watches Sony Max! What a load of horse-manure. Government forcing their morlaity down on us again.

      Deon - 2012-04-25 09:21

      Some people like to watch the old heroes like Chuck Norris and Don Johnson.

  • Steve - 2012-04-24 14:53

    BCCSA are guilty of sexism

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-24 14:54

    I do not trust the BCCSA at all. They dont mind seeing a penis of an initiate on television bcoz they dont respect the african culture.They argue that boys r dying at the initiation schools so it is in the public interest that they expose their private parts on national television.Exposing them will make ppl 'debate' about it.Its nonsense.How can someone who didnt attend this school debate about it.I lodged a complaint about it few yrs ago.They rejected my application for the removal of the film from TV

  • Loo - 2012-04-24 15:03

    Bwahahahahahah .. at Quote above "" Big impression"" Oh dear .. this made my day. Im sure the armed wing of the catholic church (Salvation army) is ready to arrest the erm ... "impressionist" ... ag come on ppl. Is it really that serious ??? Lot worse is what cellphones contain in kids pockets these days. Oh my """ show me the size of your ringtone """ hehhe

  • leedsunitedfc - 2012-04-24 15:10

    DSTV.......... if it wasn't for live sport they'd have 5000% less subscribers because the bulk of the bouquet is useless.

  • Loo - 2012-04-24 15:23

    Only thing worse would have been if I was on that gameshow and the headlines read " Small impression made on DSTV" ...

  • Petri - 2012-04-24 15:25

    This is shocking, R10000 is petty cash. Give proper fines for gross misconduct! As a provider you are liable for the product you sell.

  • Erich - 2012-04-24 15:58

    I wonder how was the fine calculated. Probably like appraising cycads, x Rand per centimetre.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-25 08:23

      Measured in the flacid state I hope?

  • iamdavedizee - 2012-04-24 16:02

    the complainant is too sensitive like realy??? the chanel sonymax clearly isnt even for "famliy" viewing as in the progs ther

  • jenniferann.palmer - 2012-04-24 16:03

    Lol....fook I missed that...damn...:)

  • Shaylene - 2012-04-24 16:08

    Dang it, I missed that show.... What a pity :o(

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-04-24 16:13

    This is great news. The trash our youth and we as adults are forced to view (paid for no less!) is despicable. Americans are flooded with utter tripe and look at the state of that nation. South Africa, inspite of warts (Malemas, Zumas and etolls) and all still has a fighting chance in this world of moral decay. If we want to look at genitals we should be given the choice and don't give me that bull that there is - this world is becoming all about 'taking it or leaving it'. I choose to say NO TO THIS GARBAGE!

      Patsy - 2012-04-25 11:41

      You DO have a choice, Corona Sherona. If it offends you - SWITCH IT OFF! No one is forced to watch TV... You do have an option, you know!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-25 17:30

      What the Detractors don't understand is Young kids are watching telly at this time.

  • raath - 2012-04-24 16:25

    Gaaaah! I can't believe I missed that!

  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-04-24 16:35

    Big breasts & Big penises what's the f... point. Sex seems to be the selling point in everything these day or the ultimate taboo! No wonder most people are so f... up, with the media's corrupt influence! Women think they more or a women if they got big breasts and men think they are the ultimate hunk if they have the world's biggest penis. At the end of the day you see most adults, just acting like toddlers and just looking for attention. Small brains? BCCSA thank you for fine Multichoice deserves it! - Cheers

  • phetlhu.suga - 2012-04-24 16:40

    so what show is it and when is the repeat. I'm sure R10k was for a very short penis...

      Rob - 2012-04-24 16:50

      LOL. Fair comment.

  • karabo26 - 2012-04-24 18:22

    If it were boobs, no-one would have complained...

      Tessa - 2012-04-24 22:54

      They had a show to tell guys how their girlfriends can win a wet shirt competition. And what type of material is see thru(the one you can see thru more)Just as long as it's boobs no one will ever complain. O but please do not show a man’s penis. It is a crime!! They must be punished. LOL

  • Julie - 2012-04-24 18:56

    Bwha ha ha ha ha........sooooooooooo funny!

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-24 18:57

    All the ladies who are expressing disappointment for missing the show, give me your e mails and i'll make your day.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-24 19:06

    All the ladies who are expressing disappointment for missing the show, give me your e mails and i'll make your day.

  • janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2012-04-24 19:20

    Now can anyone honestly please tell me what teenager does NOT know what a penis is or looks like? Kids of today know far more about anatomy (and the purpose thereof) by age 13 than us older generations ever did by the time we reached adulthood. Why fine a company if the kids just have to have a "party" to explore any way?

  • Lynn - 2012-04-24 21:14

    The majority of the Under 13's these days know what a penis looks like and have tested one. If a parent is a good parent, then they should have explained to their youngsters about the `birds and the bee's'. Learn to trust your children, or put them on the Pill.... These are the times we live in, whether one likes it or not...

  • sbarends - 2012-04-25 08:24

    stupid...they show naked women all of the time on tv......by time they do the same to men

  • Ryan - 2012-04-25 08:49

    Who cares its a penis all men have one! people need to stop being so sensitive and moaning for the sake of moaning. Who ever took their gripe to the BCCSA obviously had nothing better to do and needed this to feel better about themselves.

      Jill - 2012-04-25 08:58

      "The long and the short" (sorry guys but I just couldn't resist saying that) of the main article and the comments is that IT is a useful tool that we cannot be without :)

      Ron - 2012-04-25 17:15

      Vote Jill for President!!!

  • des.rentel - 2012-04-25 09:03

    Why do kids watch certain channels anyway?Its time to realize that adults need special viewing as some of us dont have children!Anyway most children are even watching 2-16 who are underage!!Parents need to check their kids and stop blaming others!!!so tired of this!!

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-04-25 09:11

    "lasting impression". People are more worried about genitalia on TV than the issues affecting every facet of our lives. I bet this game show "promotes rape" as well? How derranged this country has become

      justin.pretorius - 2012-04-26 11:22

      Thumbs down on my comment? Noooooo....I can't believe a little Asian weener has caused such a stir. "Lasting impression"? A lasting impression is that fact that people in this country are almost guaranteed to be a victim of violent crime - NOW THAT IS A LASTING IMPRESSION!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-25 09:23


  • Byron - 2012-04-25 09:38

    I am not in favour of Fining companies that I pay! Can not be good for my pocket as I am fairly sure directors don't pay it

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-25 11:02

    I wish they would get fined for the rubbish on television.

  • Ian - 2012-04-25 11:09

    that will teach them to buy crap

  • TequilaPunk - 2012-04-25 11:42

    Jeeez. Whats the problem with nudity? Is it going to scar our brains? Its the human body. We are born naked. children who are told that seeing a naked person is bad/unhealthy is just plain dumb. It wasnt a sexual act. just a body part. cant possibly cause harm. ridiculous.

  • Rohin - 2012-04-25 12:53

    damm i missed it.

  • Mpho - 2012-04-25 14:30

    but what about the breasts they show all the time?

  • Vuyo - 2012-04-25 15:56

    All animals have their packages exposed , dogs , cats , donkeys , cows etc . chldren sometimes go around naked , what's the fuss.

  • Stephen - 2012-04-25 16:01

    Who's the victim, do kids turn into serial killers because they see someone naked? Adults have to grow up.