TopTV porn: From dusk 'til dawn

2013-03-14 12:56
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – TopTV has now changed its stance and wants to only broadcast the sex channels within the watershed period.

In a statement, TopTV which is currently arguing its case in its public hearing before the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), says the about-turn comes "in response to considerable public inputs and feedback".

TopTV, which wants to broadcast porn on South African television, has changed its application submission for three pornographic channels and now wants to show porn only during what the TV industry calls "the watershed period" – between late night and early morning.

'Extra precaution'
 
"We acknowledge that there is genuine public concern about the protection of children from viewing adult TV content," said Eddie Mbalo, the acting CEO of TopTV.
 
"Even though we have strict mechanisms in place to give parents full control over the access to these channels, as an extra precaution we have made the decision not to broadcast adult material outside the watershed period, when children are likely to be awake," said Mbalo.

Initially TopTV put to Icasa that it would not be "commercially savvy" to only broadcast the channels during the watershed period which falls between 20:00 and 05:00.
 
The struggling On Digital Media (ODM) which runs TopTV, and which is currently under business rescue according to the Companies Act, applied for a second time to broadcast three sex channels as a separate bouquet.
 
This time TopTV wants to broadcast Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice with a rating classification of R18.

The sex channels are provided to TopTV by Playboy TV UK / Benelux Limited in England and are uplinked through SES Platform Services in Munich, Germany to South Africa.

'Not practicable'

In its initial application, TopTV claimed: "It will not be practicable to only schedule some material outside of the watershed period as all material will be of an adult nature. It will also not be viable and commercially savvy to run a channel from 20:00 to 05:00 only, as that will not be suitable and/or appealing to the majority of the audience interested in the channel/content."
 
The South African Film and Publication Board (FPB) told Channel24 that "we believe this type of distribution [through television] has the potential to expose children prematurely to adult content.

"With pornographic content as such, people have the right to view such content, but it can only be distributed by licensed distributors at specific businesses and the law still applies in that regard."

Comments

  • Hein Van Wyk - 2013-03-14 13:09

    Well any kid with a smart phone can get porn...

  • Carole Small - 2013-03-14 13:30

    No!No!No! We already have too much sexual abuse in this country. This will only add to further problems. Frustrated men watching this type of TV will just vent these frustrations more on women and children. No! It must not happen

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-03-14 13:42

      Maybe it would relieve some of these rapists. Besides anyone with a cellphone and airtime has access to porn 24/7 and there is no 100% fool proof filtering to stop even kids from accessing porn via cellphone...

      En Gineer - 2013-03-14 13:59

      You must stay under a rock somewhere in the Karoo. Almost all my females friends my age (late 20's) watch and in some cases purchase porn. If you are sexually backwards, that's your problem, not ours.

      Iamtoosmartekse - 2013-03-15 09:32

      @ Carole small brain. So, these frustrated men will lose these frustrations if top tv porn is unavailable? Oh wait, it is unavailable yet rape is as strong as ever.. hmmm

  • Marius Roodt - 2013-03-14 13:34

    Get real. Porn does not lead to rape or abuse. That is a cause of a fundamental breakdown in the mechanics of the attackers brain. Really. Plus, we have the constitutional right to choose which content we want to view, and people like you are infringing on my democratic rights.

      Jono Le Feuvre - 2013-03-14 13:56

      According to Ted Bundy, it does lead to rape...and worse. And he would appear to have known. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy

      Gareth Deeble - 2013-03-14 14:40

      Jono, ted bundy was a psychotic murderer who showed signs of his personality at the age of three.Maybe you should read it again

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-14 15:54

      That's like saying Catholicism leads to Nazi-ism.

  • Ayanda Welcome Sibisi - 2013-03-14 13:43

    if i may ask, wht is the main reason of watching porn on TV? rili i dnt under the main purpose of these channels.

  • Ayanda Welcome Sibisi - 2013-03-14 13:43

    i mean understand

  • David Steyn - 2013-03-14 13:45

    @ carole Frustrated men you say? So women are all angels. There are only bad men, no bad women? Oh God! help the human race.

  • neil.cuthbert.9 - 2013-03-14 13:47

    If you don't want to watch then don't tune in, as simple as that!

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-14 13:56

    It's not about watch or do not watch. And it is not simple. Think abput that unfortunate child laying peacefully in her bed dreaming her dreams of hope, which gets destroyed when her father walks in after watching his dose of porn and wants to get rid of his urges. No no no! This is not on, TopTv!

      Randall Justin Coetzee - 2013-03-14 14:28

      Man, you have a sick mind. If any parent would do that then he was a pervert all along. So in this day and age said farther could't take his phone and watch porn on that? That's impossible right?

      Gareth Deeble - 2013-03-14 14:28

      You misguided fool

      Marius Erasmus - 2013-03-14 15:14

      Seriously Alta that's a sick made up story to help you force your view on others.

      William Hallett - 2013-03-14 15:17

      yes, you are a sick wench!!!!...fancy even thinking things like that. Alta Steyn...there is no cure for people like you!!!!!

      Simon Berry - 2013-03-14 16:23

      Alta you sick woman..

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-14 13:59

    It will definitely trigger a sick mind which has been laying slumbering with no good intentions. PLEASE TOP TV, don't do this!

      Randall Justin Coetzee - 2013-03-14 14:23

      Nee alta... Dit sal ni. Porn is oral beskikbaar. Mense is ma net siek

      William Hallett - 2013-03-14 15:20

      you are the one with the sick mind Alta. get back in your box and close the flap!!!!

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-03-14 14:05

    This will just unfold men to become more out-of-control with desire to RAPE...

      Randall Justin Coetzee - 2013-03-14 14:21

      Nah... It won't. Don't tell me you've never watched porn before. Guy OR GIRL-believe it or not lol. Watches it, gets aroused, masterbates, MOEG! Most perverts out there are into femdom... Female domination. Where the female actually humiliates the man... I doubt toptv is even gonna add stuff like that. It'll be softcore. Where people simulate sex. Emmanuel style

      Marius Erasmus - 2013-03-14 15:03

      LOL, do you have control problems!

      William Hallett - 2013-03-14 15:24

      you are the one that is out of control, Deon!!! by the way, question?? Are you not a man?????

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-14 15:57

      It's the same as the altar-aunties that can't seem to resist an open bottle-store on a Sunday, so they ruin it for every-one by making Sunday-sales illegal.

  • Warren May - 2013-03-14 14:11

    Encourage more naairy on tv and enjoy more los kinders and over population and more problems...and DONT COMPLAIN those who want it..and for gods sake why do your kids at school have smart phones?For communication between parent and kid a Nokia 3310 should do just fine.No the sun does not shine out of your kids ass sitting with a smart phone.Its either a 3310 for christmas or birthday or a new calculator.

  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 14:13

    Who needs TV when you have internet.

  • Grant Logan - 2013-03-14 14:30

    People must really be simple minded if they think that TopTV will be the only way their kids will be able to access porn. Someone should tell them that their kids are making their own porn movies on the very phones that they bought them, be if for their birthdays, christmas or passing a grade. And the internet that they supposedly use for school assignments? What about the tv programs and the music videos they allow their kids to watch? Please don't blame toptv for introducing porn to your kids, you've been financing it all along.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-14 14:46

    Not a sick mind my friend, but staring reality in the face and stating what could happen and in today's society it is what is happening. I did not single you out, did I? Think for yourself. Obviously you have not read the news lately.

      Simon Berry - 2013-03-14 16:28

      Alta, don't be so ignorant. Explain how TopTV porn will cause this when it is EASIER to access porn on CELLPHONES and INTERNET at any time, no pin required!

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-14 14:48

    Gareth, thanks for the comment. It is sad though. If I am misguided I wonder what you are. But I will not ponder on that. Only you will know.

  • Vishaam Singh - 2013-03-14 21:10

    No ways! This adult channels bring about perversion in mens mind to promote rape and abuse whuich is all linked. We should boycott Top TV and take a stand to uphold out society values and morales for a better future for our kids...

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-15 09:19

      And MTN, VODACOM, CELL C, TELKOM INTERNET...

  • Sakhile Makhathini - 2013-03-14 21:50

    Why would I subscribe 4porn channel when a DVD cost R5 with an option to return it back and claim that it aint playing and be asked to choose another one. I stay in the township so porn is accessible almost for free. Let Top TV have its own porn channel and lose religious clients. I doubt they will because things we say with our mouths and things we do in real world are different

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