TopTV still considering Playboy TV options

TopTV has not given up on its plans to offer three Playboy TV channels to its subscribers, saying that it is still exploring their options and are engaging with all relevant stakeholders.

In March 2012, TopTV said that it was seeking legal advice after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) issued reasons for not approving its application for three new adult channels.

ICASA denied TopTV the right to offer three new adult channels, saying that it impedes the right of women to equality and human dignity, and that this right overrides TopTV’s right to freedom of expression, as well as the rights of viewers to receive pornography on television in the home.

ICASA further said that TopTV failed to take the regulator’s public consultation process seriously, and that it sees no reason to expand access to pornography given government’s restrictions on the content through the Film and Publications Act.

TopTV acting CEO Eddie Mbalo previously said that they are still keen to offer adult content, like Playboy TV, to their subscribers. This content should however not be seen as porn, said Mbalo.

TopTV spokesperson Melinda Connor said that they will make an announcement should there be any development.

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