ICE TV threatens court action against National Media Commission over "harsh" directive

ICE TV threatens court action against National Media Commission over "harsh" directive

- The Management of ICE TV has threatened court action against the National Media Commission

- The NMC had earlier issued a directive to the company asking it to desist from showing sexualized content on air

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The National Media Commission's stern directive to ICE TV, Thunder TV and TV XYZ to desist from airing pornographic content on their channels seems to have ruffled up some feathers.

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According to a report by CitiFMOnline.com, the General Manager of ICE TV has stated that his outfit will sue the NMC over the directive.

Samuel Owusu Asare stated that the management of ICE TV will take up court action against the directive in a bid to seek clarification on whether the NMC reserves the right to order TV station to stop showing such content on air.

An earlier admission by the commission contrasted their current decision as they stated that the NMC could not bring the airing of pornographic content to stop. The NMC explained that here was no law that explicited stated that free-to-air televisions could not show explicit content.

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This was after some broadcasters petitioned the commission to take actions against ICE TV, Thunder TV and XYZ TV.

However, a week after stating that they had no powers to stop explicit content on TV, the NMC made a u-turn to issue a desist directive to the offending parties.

Kwesi Gyan Apenteng

Kwesi Gyan Apenteng

Section 7 (e) of the NMC Broadcasting Guidelines provides that 'actual sexual intercourse between humans should at no time be transmitted' this provision does not admit of any “exceptions,” the Chairman of the National Commission, Kwesi Gyan Apenteng said.

However, ICE TV has stated that, even as they would abide to the directive, they will seek more clarification on the issue from a court of law.

The General Manager added that the station "would not take it kindly" if they follow the directive and later see such content on other local TV stations.

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