TopTV: Porn alone won't save us

2013-01-18 13:29
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town - Struggling pay-tv operator TopTV has said that it would be "both naïve and malicious" to believe that the granting of their proposed porn channel bouquet will be enough to save the company from financial ruins.

In the cover letter on On Digital Media's (ODM) application for authorisation for their proposed porn channels, acting CEO Eddie Mbalo wrote that Icasa "will also be aware that ODM has recently filed for business rescue".

"We firmly believe that our ability to offer certain of our subscribers channels that form part of this application, would help greatly in our attempts to take the business to a sustainable future," Eddie said.

'Last-ditch effort'

In the letter he continues, saying: "Given that the business has received limited regulatory assistance in the past in order to assist it against extremely tough market competition, we would hope that the authority is able to look upon the application favourably and also do this as expeditiously as possible, in order to give ODM a fighting chance of survival."

In a press statement that was issued late on Thursday, Mbalo said that "there have been many inferences made in the media that TopTV has made this application in a last-ditch effort to save the organisation", which was voluntarily placed in business rescue towards the end of 2012.

"However, nothing could be further from the truth. As previously stated in the statement issued by TopTV at the time, the business requires a capital injection from a strategic equity partner. It would therefore be both naive and malicious to conclude that the granting of permission to broadcast channels would be sufficient to save a company that requires a capital injection," he wrote.

"The current application that has been submitted to Icasa differs from the previous one, and takes into consideration the various submissions, viewpoints and comments made previously."

Failed to participate in hearings

Mbalo further continues to state that they have noted their failure to "participate in previous hearings", which could have given them the opportunity to express their point of view clearly.

"We acknowledge that TopTV's failure to participate in the previous hearings denied us the opportunity to state our viewpoint clearly and to set the record straight with regards to how the channels would be broadcast and the necessary protective mechanisms that have been put in place."

The pay-tv operator has also proposed a new double block pin system in their newest application to Icasa.

'Exploitation and abuse'


In the statement Mbalo says that the constitution "guarantees all citizens their democratic right to read, view and consume material of their choice in the privacy of their own space, so long as that consumption is not in any way in contravention of the law".

"This right was as important a constitutional right as the right of all citizens to be protected from exploitation and abuse," he said.

"It should also be noted that TopTV, and all other broadcasters for that matter, are not precluded from scheduling adult content in the normal course of their business, as our competitors have done in the past, and continue to do."

The South African public and all interested parties can comment on TopTV's porn channel plans with correspondence to be posted to:

Ndondo Dube
Broadcasting Licencing Unit
Licencing and Compliance Division
Block D, Pinmill Farm
164 Katherine Street
Sandton
2196

Alternatively,

Private Bag X10002
Sandton
2146

Via e-mail: pndube@icasa.org.za

Or fax 011 566 3200

Comments

  • jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2013-01-18 13:44

    I honestly hope you are NOT rescued.

      Estelle Buys - 2013-01-20 11:26

      I agree. TopTV should not be saved. Worst TV ever.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2013-01-18 14:00

    Go top TV!!! its a free world and we demand Porn!!

      timothy.smee.5 - 2013-01-18 20:13

      Porn is better than Horror and Thriller Movies

  • linda.m.yates.10 - 2013-01-18 14:22

    Last year i was at the hearing for TopTV. They did not even say one word about why they should be allowed to broadcast 3 24-hour porn channels. Why not? Encrypted security features mean nothing when kids wander into the sitting room while Dad is watching Playboy channel ...

      maryanne.pitoutdeklerk - 2013-01-18 14:43

      True however since it is their daddy that will be watching the porn couldn't they just as easily come across daddy's playboy magazines,daddy's private porn collection which he would also be watching in the sitting room or even the free porn on etv and the internet .

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-18 16:25

      ..and if he watches it on DVD, or on his laptop when kids come in it's better.

  • riva.go.35 - 2013-01-18 14:22

    So I just took a look at their Top Shows, and if thats what they're trying to attract an audience with Im not surprised they're struggling. Their TV Guide is just as lacklustre, it reminds me of Free TV in Europe.

      timothy.smee.5 - 2013-01-18 20:19

      DSTV is way much better than Top TV there tons of Supersport channels and less movie channels

  • andrew.malan.3 - 2013-01-18 14:53

    So this company's business model proved unviable, so it decided to bottom feed society in the vain hope to keep going. Truth is that the company will fail anyway, but a critical values threshold will have been crossed. Another company like MNET or SABC no doubt will use this precedent to sink TopTV and then continue to spew such filth across society - undermining the little moral glue families and communities have managed to hold onto. Studies incl UN, have shown that the ultimate beneficiaries of the porn industry are the same as those that profit from drugs, human trafficking, arms trading etc etc, since the same logistics channels are used to distribute worldwide the illicit factors of production used for such materials. SA is already struggling with the destructive effects of letting itself be used as a conduit for shadow industries from Nigeria etc - must we really become a consumer as well? Let TopTV die its death without leaving a lasting legacy of moral destruction behind it. As for all the ham-fisted,tight-knuckled types who want to feast their eyes on female body parts in the privacy of their dimly lit lounges, remember that the porn tiger, once unleashed, is difficult to control. Conventional porn will fight for space with gay porn, fetish porn, pseudo-rape and all other boundary-pushing permutations of sexual depravity in the interests of equal air time & freedom of speech. Digest that - then imagine your kids watching/appearing in such filth.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-01-18 15:59

      Wow. Secret porn viewing hypocrite in all probability.

      wesselo1 - 2013-01-18 16:18

      Yip, not interested in the female body parts, but cannot wait for the gay porn!

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-18 16:26

      You obviously have not heard of internet yet. Poor soul.

      lovell.trevor - 2013-01-18 19:47

      Well done dude! I agree wholeheartedly. The sugary, glamorous porn industry that people have this notion about is false. Behind it all is a seedy underworld interwoven with drugs, sex slavery and human trafficking. People might like to argue that it's their house, their subscription and they'll do whatever they please. But just as violent to has led people to a more desensitized outlook on violence, like the school shootings, so too will the view that objectifying women is socially acceptable. But hey, whatever gets your rocks off, or kids', or your kids' friends.

  • pieter.samie - 2013-01-18 15:50

    It might not rescue you TopTV, but it will surely rescue me!

      timothy.smee.5 - 2013-01-18 20:17

      Well at least people don't die in Porn Movies

  • mark.amm.3 - 2013-01-18 17:02

    forget porn all you need to broadcast is sport and more sport and you will double your viewers.

      timothy.smee.5 - 2013-01-18 20:16

      I agree with you why didn't Top TV add three more sport channels why have so many movie channels and less sport channels they should have more sport channels what is wrong with TopTV ?

  • godwin.symons - 2013-01-21 22:36

    Who the hell are you Thynus to decide what will save a satelite TV station or not? Let Top TV air what ever porn they and their subscribers want, then lets see if it helps the company. I personally think it will get Top TV a great deal many more subscribers.

  • Kwajo.m - 2013-01-30 20:13

    I love what I read

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