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August 4, 2009

Ofcom fines Playboy TV £22,500


by David Allen

Playboy One may be a satellite channel that no longer exists, but that has not stopped the regulator Ofcom from giving the channel’s owners a large fine for showing indecent material!

The channel used to be unencrypted and so had to follow different rules to an encrypted channel, and according to Ofcom the channel broadcast content that was not suitable for an unencrypted service.

Ofcom slapped a £22,500 fine on the owners of the Playboy One channel, yet this is an interesting case as Playboy One was clearly a soft porn channel owned by a company that is well known for its content.

It seems that everything goes down to the interpretation of the rules, but the broadcaster and the regulator look at the rules from different directions, so there is bound to be the occasional lapse in following regulations.

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