Tuesday, March 30, 2010

BREAKING. ''Something seriously amiss at SABC,'' says Broadcasting Complaints Commission after SABC2 and SABC3 broadcast adult violent material incorrectly.

''There is something seriously amiss at SABC television,'' says the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) after the commission found that both SABC2 and SABC3 contravened the broadcasting code by showing adult and violent material at times when children might have been part of the audience.

The latest two complaints by viewers that were upheld by the BBCSA, brings the cases of the SABC broadcasting inappropriate material too early during the day to 5, something the BBCSA said today is ''an aggravating factor'' given ''all the warnings by the BCCSA about adult material being broadcast at times when children are in the audience''. SABC2 and SABC3 who both admitted guilt, received serious reprimands from the BBCSA after SABC2 broadcast a promo for the Lord of the Rings movie and SABC3 showed a violent episode of The Summit before 20:00 at night.

SABC2 and SABC3 both apologized and I have the response of both TV channels that you can read by clicking on READ MORE below.

SABC2 says: ''The channel has recognised that the promo should not have been broadcast at times when children would be typically watching television. Moving forward, we are implementing steps to ensure that this type of graphic promo is only broadcast during more suitable times. We apologise.''

SABC3 says: ''Following recent rulings of the BCCSA against SABC3, the channel management initiated serious steps to ensure compliance with the BCCSA code. Unfortunately, this incident occurred through a disregard for these steps by relevant staff and appropriate internal disciplinary measures are being initiated. SABC3 remains determined to improve its track record of the past few months in terms of compliance with the BCCSA code. We apologise.''