Latest articles on TOPTV

TopTV’s flop gobbles up state funds

Star Times's takeover of TopTV terms means that the government will suffer a huge loss on its venture.

TopTV wished upon a Chinese star

China's StarTimes has walked away the winner of TopTV, although one of the losing consortiums is considering challenging the deal's legality.

StarTimes buys 20% stake in TopTV

Shareholders and creditors of On Digital Media, owner of TopTV, have approved a business rescue plan that sees Chinese-led StarTimes buy a 20% stake.

StarTimes to take over TopTV

Pay-TV operator On Digital Media, owner of TopTV, has approved a business rescue plan that will see Chinese-led StarTimes purchase a 20% stake.

TopTV considers two last-minute expressions of interest

A TopTV shareholders meeting to decide the fate of the ailing company was delayed for two hours to allow for last-minute expressions of interest.

Porn and morals: Where does the truth lie?

Icasa is wrong in its interpretation of what makes us accept or reject something. The issue of dignity and abuse is not a science, but a morality.

TopTV gets go-ahead to air porn

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has granted pay channel Top TV rights to broadcast pornography, the regulator has said.

TopTV a pawn in IDC’s political game, says shareholder

The founder of the company that owns TopTV says political interference by the Industrial Development Corporation left the firm facing financial ruin.

Naked truth about porn on television

The usual logical fallacies have been rolled out at Icasa to prevent TopTV from screening adult content.

Fresh calls made to shun TopTV over its porn request

Civil society groups and churches are once again uniting behind a boycott of TopTV as it seeks permission from Icasa to broadcast three porn channels.

Cash-strapped TopTV opens pornography case

Pay-TV broadcaster On Digital Media, owner of TopTV, has set out a case in which it has argued that it should be allowed to broadcast X-rated content.

TopTV files for business rescue

The satellite pay-TV operator, the only rival in the space to MultiChoice's DStv, has filed for a business rescue under the Companies Act.

Small fry send out distress signals

TopTV has been struggling to compete against MultiChoice on an unlevel playing field, writes Lloyd Gedye.

How Icasa has failed us

Icasa's rejection of TopTV's "adult" channels shows that the regulator has overstepped the mark in terms how much it should be able to interfere.

Icasa explains why it vetoed TopTV’s porn channel

Icasa says women's right to human dignity trumped TopTV's right to freedom of expression in debating their appeal to launch a pornography channel.

vital information

The Mail & Guardian’s essential coverage of the ongoing coronavirus crisis is free to read for everyone.

If you would like to support us, please consider taking out a subscription.


Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

Secret meetings with Zuma could sink Mkhwebane

An alleged string of lies about Mkhwebane’s meeting with the former president in her contentious R3.2-billion Absa report has the public protector in a legal wrangle

Press Releases