Naked News not degrading - BCCSA

2011-06-22 14:45
Johannesburg - There is nothing degrading to women in's late night Naked News, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA) said on Wednesday.

The complaint lodged with the commission could not be upheld because the nudity in the programme was not indecent or obscene, it said in a ruling.

The BCCSA tribunal had to decide whether the show, which airs on after midnight and features bare-chested women reading the news, contravened the Broadcasting Code.

"The tribunal could find nothing degrading to women in Naked News."

Nudity as such was not prohibited in publications or films, and age restrictions and classification strived to exclude children from seeing it.

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The BCCSA said the nudity portrayed was unlikely to contribute to violence against women, or to rape.

"The mere fact that the nudity makes no contribution to a better society is irrelevant in law. It is part of the freedom of choice of adults whether they wish to watch the Naked News or not," the BCCSA said.

According to the complainants, who were not named in the ruling, Naked News was "soft porn". They found it "really disgusting" that such a show existed.

"Pornography should not be transmitted into millions of homes."

The BCCSA argued that if people found nudity offensive, they could switch channels or turn the television off.


  • Triggster - 2011-06-22 14:54

    Glad to hear it. They could have made real "tits" out of themselves if they had ruled otherwise. Thanks to News24 for keeping us "abreast" of the's a great weight off my "chest" to hear the good news...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-22 15:20

      free on E..

      Andy49 - 2011-06-22 20:41

      Now please remove the red stars

      nakedi - 2011-06-22 20:50

      Kwa kwa kwa,,, kwa,.

      Jawellnofine - 2011-06-23 17:05

      I just loved the frank nakedness of your reply, such a pity some folk are so far behind in appreciating such fine booty!

  • Triggster - 2011-06-22 14:57

    "The BCCSA argued that if people found nudity offensive, they could switch channels or turn the television off". DAMN STRAIGHT. Best piece of advice ever. And while you're at it, try showering without your swimming costumes sometimes you tight wads. The human body isn't all that offensive.

      Mishka - 2011-06-22 15:03

      I guess it depends on that the human body looks like. I have seen many, or see many, offensive looking bodies daily, and that's with clothes on. I certainly would not like to be subjected to their nude physiques. Having said that, I agree fully with the ruling. If you don't wish to watch something, don't. People have the right to choose for themselves what they subject their vision and hearing to.

      Rover_ZA - 2011-06-22 15:09

      Completely agree.

      Jakes - 2011-06-22 15:14


      dranreb - 2011-06-22 17:21

      @Jakes Blue bulls supporter?

  • Sue - 2011-06-22 15:00

    ah grow up all who are complaining, if you don't like it why are you watching.......

  • rc8000c - 2011-06-22 15:05

    Naked news far more interesting than SABC news.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-22 15:05

    Thanks BCCSA, The Naked truth is out... I hear cold weather is on the way, at least on Naked News we can see how cold it really is :)

  • oxygen - 2011-06-22 15:05

    Sanity prevails!

  • JMan - 2011-06-22 15:06

    Finally. Some sense on news24.

  • Renny - 2011-06-22 15:08

    Im loving it, great show.

  • Shabalala - 2011-06-22 15:09

    I find Naked News totally disgusting. Why do they put stars at essential places. It is disgusting. Please E-TV remove the stars!

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-22 15:47


      Martin-John - 2011-06-22 17:27

      WHAT??? Are there stars?????/ No man,,, Then I need to watch the beautiful breasts next to me in bed !!! LMAO

  • Jakes - 2011-06-22 15:11

    When is this on? Please someone..... tell me?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-22 15:18

      FYI Sat, 25 June, 12:15AM The program's catchphrase "The Program with Nothing to Hide" says it all. Not only do we uncover the facts, but we also uncover the presenters who deliver those facts. Bright, energetic, and fast-paced, the program delivers news and current events from around the world, in addition to a variety of lifestyle and entertainment features, all presented by female anchors who disrobe to full nudity. In addition to the regular anchors who appear on the program, Naked News also features amateur Guest Anchors (auditioning for a place on the program) as well as celebrity and up-and-coming models.

  • SistaEnglish - 2011-06-22 15:12

    The BCCSA need re-education on what is good for the youth today and if they don't believe the youth today are watching this disgraceful news show then they ought to resign and give the job to someone who is wide awake. The show apalls me. Sies!

      rc8000c - 2011-06-22 15:16

      sista change the channel you tit.

      John Lock - 2011-06-22 15:22

      Wow, absolutely gob smacked at your comment. Of course they have access to it, same way they have access to nudity/ porn on TV, DVDS, computers, magazines, MOBILE phones. At least the little buggers are watching the news. More to the point if they are too young to be watching it, why do they have access at such a late hour? Absolute mindless comment “ ought to resign and give the job to someone who is wide awake. The show apalls me. Sies! “

      Tolerant - 2011-06-22 15:30

      The "real" youth should be asleep at this time unless you are 30 years of age and talk nonsense for a job.

      saywhat - 2011-06-22 15:38

      sista young children shouldn’t be awake at that time watching TV anyway!!! PARENTS are supposed to monitor what their kids watch. They shouldn’t be lazy and pass the buck on to others. if you don’t like what’s playing then change the channel! easy

      Albo - 2011-06-22 15:38

      Does your child have a cell phone??

      Thor - 2011-06-22 15:52

      Good parents should have their children at home and in bed by this time. Bad parents do not control what is watched in their homes. sorry but its after 12 no simpathy here.

      Alfred - 2011-06-22 23:04

      funny how morally twisted people like you find nudity offensive but don't seem to have any qualms with the usual american ultra violence broadcast daily, sometimes on all four channels. To these sickos a naked human body is more immoral than watching someones brains being splattered in slow motion.

      SlapTjip - 2011-06-23 10:56

      Ahh Sista, you are one of those who stay in a complex where your children still roam the outside shouting like bad behaved mongrols? See quality folks teach their kids well, 06H00 inside, 07H00 bath and 08h00 in bed. If your kids are still awake that time then you may look at the problem in the mirror. If you yourself don't like the show then switch channels. Stop been such a tit.

  • Kabelo - 2011-06-22 15:15

    Some of the complainers are daily naked in front of the kids. Nobody sees them. Where must the kids complain?

  • daaivark - 2011-06-22 15:19

    Degrading.... a moot point. But plain boring... YES!

  • Amera - 2011-06-22 15:21

    I found these news readers not sexual at all! They are NOT porn stars, not worth watching! So get your knickers out of a knot!

  • rantoftheday - 2011-06-22 15:28

    Some sense at last! While I would not go so far as to call the show "news" it is no way pornography. And to the parents moaning about how it will affect their kids - what kind of crap parent has no idea what shows their kids watch?

      Albo - 2011-06-22 15:40

      Agreed - it`s actually quite boring!!

  • lesiba - 2011-06-22 15:41

    Thank goodness. I hope this religious morons could crawl back to their little pits and stay there. We are very smart people, smarter than you, who do you think you are trying to tell us what's good for us. Next time when they go trying to stop a good tv program, they should remember that no body care about what they think. Thank you BCCSA. Realeboga

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-22 15:46

    There are only 4 attractive ladies in that picture. Doesn't matter which four, the point is that when you pull a stunt like this, you should do it right.

  • santoro29 - 2011-06-22 16:11

    Surely Kids should be asleep after 12 ??? So who's really complaining ?

  • chipz - 2011-06-22 16:11

    I'd be interested to know how the BCCSA panel that ruled on this is comprised, i.e. how many men and how many women, and which way each gender voted. Can someone from the BCCSA respond if, by some chance they happen to come across this comment.

  • Jason - 2011-06-22 16:32

    I agree with that final statement if don't like it what I when I come across a church service been broadcast, change the channel or turn the TV off.

      Valis - 2011-06-22 17:43

      I agree hundred percent. It is religion that's the most disgusting, not mere nudity. I've never heard of anyone being burned at the stake or stoned to death "in the name of nudity". Nope, only religion does that.

  • greggb - 2011-06-22 16:35

    FINALLY!! Some logic in South Africa.. we are all humans with human bodies. MEANT to be admired. Now sow us their vajayjays too..

  • Ben - 2011-06-22 16:42

    1st - People complaining about this because it's disgraceful - Shut up, Grow up and harden the f- up. 2nd - ETV's porn has always sucked so I don't even watch it. 3rd - I would complain though if i had a wife and we used the normal softcore to get things going or whatever.... Naked News would not work for that. What was my point? O yeah. If you're worried that a bunch of naked woman (doing no explicit acts) is going to twist your young...well then I have a feeling you're doing fine job without it's help.

  • Antonio da Cruz - 2011-06-22 17:17

    Primary school kids are watching "fisting" movies on their mobiles on the rugby field and some people worry about hot titties on TV! Get real. Celebrate the human body, within health consensual limits of course.

  • Hannes - 2011-06-22 17:21

    It is actually an excellent opportunity to teach your kids about the beauty of nudity, as it happens without the s*x, because the stuff they get on their cell phones and otherwise give them the wrong direction. So keep them watching.

  • dranreb - 2011-06-22 17:24

    Did anybody notice the girl at the top of the picture has her nipple showing? She obviously did not get the cover your boobs memo :D

  • Bluescreen - 2011-06-22 19:24

    Watched a preview from the net over a year ago, and had these thoughts: While female nudity can be quite attractive, it is being used to divert attention away from the simple fact that most 'news' is so boring (or uninteresting) that the sponsors ads won't be seen either without 'spicing things up'. It's only a matter of time before similar tactics are used in mainstream advertising. We are born naked and we leave naked, Where is the problem ?

  • FutureProductions - 2011-06-22 20:14

    Looks to me that only the horny, lust full men like Naked News...

  • bernadine.heathcock - 2011-06-23 00:27

    Imagine being the mother or mother-in-law to one of these girls? Any women with class, will not want this for their daughter. The images of these girls’ naked bodies are shown for “free” in the name of news, but the images of their naked bodies are imprinted in the minds of men watching, all kinds of men, even sick, warped minds of rapists & convicted criminals! If that is not bad enough, how will these women live a normal life! Imagine a family picnic with everyone including gross “uncle Mike”, pimply “cousin Donald” ,Dad’s buddies, your boyfriends father - all seeing you & recalling the images they have tucked away in their heads? What about the waiter, the street sweeper, the person at the check-out counter? If that is not degrading, well... then I don't know... The BCCSA says it’s fine it’s acceptable, but these girls are messing up their futures for men with double standards. I’m sure most of the men watching, do not look like Brad Pitt or have gorgeous bodies & probably wouldn’t take an anchor from the “naked news” to meet their mother! I'm sure if we are really honest we would like our wife/husband/partner to love us for us & not what we look like, because lets face it we will all get old & out of shape even "miss naked news". Where will she be in a few years time, trying to compete with the latest “naked news” anchor? How unfair, degrading & sad.

  • Sharkalaka - 2011-06-23 00:31

    i have not seen it and will not watch it. a dog barks, that it is nature, cats should not be surprised if a dog barks. Surely there are a huge amount of people who will like this, why does it upset people that feel that it is not for them? I am a re-born Christian, but i am so against religious people who obviously watch this (or maybe even not) and then wet their pants about it. Like said so many times before, if you don't like it, then just don't watch it - do you really think that you with your complaints will change the dog's bark? if the people who like this sort of thing don't realize that lust is to take and love is to give, why does it upset you?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-06-23 09:12

    omg seriously, these women are not even great looking...if I wanted to watch it I would hope for better looking women...but some men are happy with anything...shame.

  • YHWHR - 2011-06-23 21:49

    This reasoning is like so Ignorant... Its exactly the same as if the boy dont like me sodomising his sister he can look the other way... WAKE UP. It's unacceptable, It brings DESTRUCTION to marraiges, relationships, Family and community's Overall moral stand.

  • Stich - 2011-06-23 23:07

    The mystery of a woman's beauty is very precious, don't degrade yourself to give it to someone who isn't willing to pay the price for it. Its value should never be quantified in a currency.

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 22:56


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