TopTV ready for porn hearing

2013-03-13 13:51

Johannesburg - An application by TopTV to broadcast three pornography channels will be heard by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on Thursday, the pay-television operator said.

"TopTV are gearing themselves to present their case," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

"TopTV hopes to launch a bouquet of three subscription-based channels that will offer South African viewers a choice to view adult entertainment... in the privacy of their homes."

It argued that South Africans had the constitutional right to choose what they watched, and it argued that adult content was freely available on the internet, without any protection for children.

TopTV previously applied to Icasa to air the porn channels, but received no response for two months. It then decided to go ahead without Icasa's permission.

Icasa then made an urgent application to the High Court in Johannesburg, which ruled that TopTV could not broadcast the channels until Icasa had made a decision.

In December 2011, Christian organisations, including the Evangelical Alliance of SA and the Methodist Church of SA, planned a boycott of TopTV, its advertisers and sponsors, after the move was announced.

Family Policy Institute director Errol Naidoo said the broadcast of hardcore pornography on television degraded women and exposed children to harmful content.

Comments

  • John J King - 2013-03-13 14:09

    Let there be porn...

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-03-13 15:24

      This should reduce the amount of teen pregnancies

      Jack Frost - 2013-03-13 19:36

      I suspect they won't just 'hear' but 'see' as well!

  • Gary De Sousa - 2013-03-13 14:22

    We allow, monagomy,corruption, murder, rape, assult, whats a little porn amoungst friends, oh and some drugs as well. We are the cesspit of the world.

  • Abel-Goitsemang 'Tsitsi' Mogotsi - 2013-03-13 14:22

    aowa! u can't expect porn to give u numbers.. like really now. we want live sports, current affairs, entertainment channels.. porn and bet isn't enough

  • gift.rode - 2013-03-13 14:22

    Kids have smart phones and excess to computers

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2013-03-13 14:28

    People should not pretend as if they do not know that children easily access porn through internet and other means of media. I do not see anything wrong with porn on TV, as long as access and privacy settings are so strict to make it difficult if not impossible for kids access those channels. *Viva porn*

  • jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-13 14:31

    Rape stats to go up even more. Will top tv be held responsible? Zuma appeals to the country to work on the moral fibre of the SA citizens, and top tv goes 100% against it. All about the money in the end.

      Adriaan van Niekerk - 2013-03-13 15:02

      Actually Jaco, statistically speaking porn has now effect on the frequency of rape in any given country. New Zealand is one of the countries with the lowest rape per capita (0.315 per 1,000 people) and porn is available as a paid service on their SKY network. Also, keep in mind the kiwi's have access to free internet porn as well. Just saying.

      Mahandra Sukhnandan - 2013-03-13 18:27

      Zuma and moral fibre dont go in the same sentence.

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-14 11:55

      Quite a number of porn watchers on news24.

  • Daryl Van Sittert - 2013-03-13 14:33

    I'm boycotting the internet because there's porn on it!!

      Seducect - 2013-03-13 15:44

      SIMPLYSOUTHAFRICAN you ever heard of "sarcasm"???

      Regte Boer - 2013-03-13 16:38

      Simply is a bit slow...

  • Dave Leverton - 2013-03-13 14:44

    I must have missed the time they held hearings on whether to permit televangelist channels. At least the porn channel won't ask for your credit card number.

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-13 14:51

    Devil's workshop ~ evil money racket?? sex is ultra tremendous ~ don't need enhancement do it yrself old boy??

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-03-13 14:54

    What ever ICASA is argue's abt is useless, kids see porn with thier smartphones, woman take part in those pornographic films at thier own will, business is business, strip clubs dont force ppl to go to them

  • Tanya Booysen - 2013-03-13 14:58

    Top tv cannot afford decent viewing for the public you want to increase viewing with rubbish ,you can't even broadcast sport,cheap just like your programs

      Timothy Smee - 2013-03-13 21:44

      And people moan about DSTV showing too many sport but the problem with them is DSTV lives through Sport numerous sports to keep viewer not bored Tanya I don't have a problem with porn on toptv they must create a parental lock password to prevent smaller children from activating it these people commented on here are fools there must be peace on the world Porn is not like Horror at least people's head are not cut off they are not cut up pls people Horror should be banned not porn

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-13 15:14

    With gross mismanagement and the fact that Multichoice have exclusive broadcasting rights to all major sports events, all major news and entertainment channels, TopTV are still doomed to fail. It's all great spotting a niche in the market but porn only compliments your offering, it doesn't replace it and certainly won't cause consumers to switch from DStv. It's impossible to compete in the market so if anything, taking legal action against Multichoice for uncompetitive behaviour should be a priority.

  • Anthony Michael Quinn - 2013-03-13 15:24

    there is nothing that top tv will show that could possibily offend me more than what zuma and the anc are doing to this country.....this country is being scr---d royaly by these bafoons

  • SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-13 15:28

    If you don't want to watch porn, don't watch it. No one is forcing you to buy a TopTV decoder. The adults who want to watch porn, have the right to watch it, if they want to.

      Dave Leverton - 2013-03-13 15:40

      Thumbs-down - Errol, is that you ?

  • Timothy Crowley - 2013-03-13 16:12

    Porn sucks!!! Never did grasp the concept of the pleasure people get watching others do it!

      Dave Leverton - 2013-03-13 16:13

      You never watch sport ?

      Regte Boer - 2013-03-13 16:41

      Saw a few porn movies. What a lot of crap. All fake moaning and impossible positions. Rather try the real thing.

  • Neville Kehl - 2013-03-13 17:15

    I dont mind porn, but not on TV...

  • Mary Molatse - 2013-03-13 17:27

    https://www.facebook.com/HillsongChurchTruth

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-13 21:01

      Ezekiel 23:20

  • Jacque Fransman - 2013-03-13 17:36

    Everybody got something to say now that Toptv want 3 adult channel but no one anything when school pupil had sex behind a residential park do you as parent now want they are watch when they are with friend or want they are watching on their Ipads that you buy them no you got your programs you watch each night so give the others their pleasure also to watch what they want

  • Mahandra Sukhnandan - 2013-03-13 18:25

    If they get a license to show, porn i will cancel subscription, i am very open minded, but dont this the majority of SA society is educated enough to watch sleaze, and draw the line right and wrong. The rape cases speaks for its self. When the majority of SA is educated, which should be in the 2030, i hope, porn should be allowed freely. Top tv is looking at making money, as they are losing subscribers due to repeating programs and buying cheap movies.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-13 21:02

      Will you also cancel your internet subscription? I mean, there is much worse porn on the internet...

  • Juan Terblanche - 2013-03-14 04:16

    Violence on TV: No complaints or public outcry against gunshots, knife stabbings, blood and murders! Porn on TV: Numerous complaints and large public outcry about nude people having sex!MAKES SENSE!!!

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