Porn channel hearings

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued a notice that public hearings about On Digital Media’s application to broadcast adult channels will take place on Thursday, 14 March 2013.

ODM, which is broadcasting as Top TV, filed a new application with the regulator earlier this year after ICASA blocked the broadcaster from launching porn channels in 2012.

The three channels Top TV has applied for this time round (along with the descriptions provided by the operator) are :

  • Playboy TV: a 24-hour erotic entertainment service starring the world’s most beautiful women.
  • Desire TV: a brand-new, bespoke 24-hour adult service designed to appeal to men, women and couples. The service will showcase sensitive, erotic, and sensual driven sex scenes. It will only contain content that celebrates women, the human form and the act of lovemaking.
  • Private Spice: a 24-hour adult service featuring beautiful women and stunning locations that sets the standard of adult entertainment.

The hearings are set to start at 09:00 at ICASA’s offices in Sandton, with organisations such as the Family Policy Institute, the ACDP, Free Society Institute, and Doctors for Life responding to Top TV’s application.

Top TV also went into business rescue in November 2012, just before it announced its plans to re-apply for leave to broadcast adult channels.

According to the broadcaster, the porn channels alone will not be enough for them to stay afloat and they will need outside investment to keep the business going.

In a report on the current status of the business rescue proceedings it was revealed that three parties have expressed interest in investing in the ailing broadcaster.

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