DSTV Suspends Six Children's TV Programs

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The suspension comes after the Kenyan Government through the Kenya Film Classification Board KFCB banned six animated shows airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons to battle what it described as attempts to glorify homosexual behavior and impair the moral judgment of children.

MultiChoice has dropped a number of animated shows that have been airing on DSTV and GoTV channels.

The suspension comes after the Kenyan Government through the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned six animated shows airing on Nickelodeon and nicktoons to battle what it described as attempts to glorify homosexual behavior and impair the moral judgment of children.

The board singled out The Loud House, The Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold, along with the Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Clarence saying they were obnoxious and inappropriate material that sought to impair the moral judgment of children about the institution of the family.

It has been reported that the Legend of Korra featured a same-sex kiss in one of its episodes; the Loud House featured a married gay couple.

But Tina Wamala, the Public Relations Officer of MultiChoice Uganda clarified that Nickelodeon has never aired The Loud House episodes featuring a same-sex couple on linear on the Africa feed. 

However, she adds that, Hey Arnold, a programme previously aired on Nicktoons - DSTV and The Loud House which run on Nickelodeon on both DSTV and GOtv have been completely removed off the Africa feed - which means they will no longer be available on the platforms.

She says that the Legend of Korra has only aired once on Nickelodeon more than 5 years ago adding that the channel has no plans to air the programme in future.

Wamala says that the suspension will last as long as Turner Broadcasting System that provides content to Cartoon Network, and Viacom International Media Networks, which serve Nickelodeon and Nicktoons get a solution to the complaints.

"We acknowledge the concerns expressed by customers. While we explore a variety of options, we will suspend the shows in question in Africa. Although, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and Nickelodeon Africa are committed to diversity and inclusiveness, VIMN also respects the varied cultures and regulatory codes of the markets in which we operate," a statement released this morning indicates a statement from Viacom International Media Networks reads.

A statement from Turner Broadcasting System says; "...In Africa, as in all markets, we always seek to be respectful of local laws, cultures and sensitivities and, in some instances; this means we do show amended versions of US original series. We constantly review feedback from our audiences to ensure that this is the case and this is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously."

Wamala says the only censoring tool available for subscribers is the parental control option that allows parents to make certain channels and programs unavailable for viewers of a certain age.

 

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