Johannesburg - The broadcasting complaints commission of South Africa (BCCSA) handed down a fine to broadcaster M-Net on Wednesday for broadcasting graphic scenes of violence and horror during family viewing time.
“The Registrar received complaints regarding the broadcast of a promotional video for a 'horror festival' of films to be screened on M-Net,” the BCCSA said in a statement.
The hearing was held on Monday and M-Net was fined R5 000 for contravening Clause 12 of the Subscription Code.
The clause stipulates that a broadcasting service licensee must avoid broadcasting programming material which is unsuitable for children and/or contains nudity, explicit sexual conduct, violence or offensive language before the watershed period.
The BCCSA received complaints from three separate parties.