Thursday, 25 April 2013

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Top TV granted licence by ICASA to show porn

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved TopTV's application to broadcast three pornographic channels, namely Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice, between 20:00 hrs and 05:00 hrs, BDLive reported. TopTV applied for authorisation for the three channels in a bid to secure more viewers. During hearings last month, TopTV told Icasa that 250 jobs were at risk if permission to broadcast adult content was not granted. A double PIN code is required.

Gender organisation Women and Children Against Child Abuse (WMACA) expressed shock at Icasa's decision.

"We at MMACA are shocked and appalled that Icasa has granted permission to Top TV to broadcast pornography," said Luke Lamprecht, spokesman for the organisation.

But, Top TV CEO Eddie Mbalo has -in a statement - hailed the Icasa green light as "a victory for democracy and freedom of speech and choice in our country".

The statement added: "What TopTV proposed in its application is that the channels will be offered as a completely separate, stand-alone package to the current TopTV channel offering.

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