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Porn channel appeal dismissed

Icasa has been ordered to review a decision to grant Top TV licences to broadcast 3 porn channels.

FILE: Icasa will have to exercise its discretion when reviewing a decision to grant Top TV licences to broadcast 3 porn channels. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will have to exercise its discretion when reviewing a decision to grant Top TV licences to broadcast three pornography channels.

The Western Cape High Court today dismissed On Digital Media's application for leave to appeal a ruling that the communications authority must revisit its decision.

Judge Lee Bozalek said he was correct in remitting a decision to license On Digital Media's porn channels back to Icasa rather than apply the discretion himself.

Bozalek says it's not up to the court to "sever the good from the bad" with regard to a decision to license three porn channels.

On Digital Media, operating as Top TV, was granted three licences in April last year to broadcast adult content pay channels.

Last month, the judge reviewed Icasa's licensing decision and set it aside following a legal challenge from a group of concerned organisations.

In its appeal application, On Digital Media said remitting the decision back to Icasa would lead to unnecessary delay, prejudice and cost.

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