MultiChoice Uganda has dropped six children’s programmes that have been airing on three DSTV channels. The programmes include Loud House, the Legend of Kora, Hey Arnold, Steven Universe, Adventure Time and Clarence.
The six programmes have been airing Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and Cartoon Network. Ms Tina Wamala, the Public Relations Officer, MultiChoice Uganda, says they decided to drop the programmes following complaints by viewers about their content.
According to Ms Wamala, the suspension of the programmes also affects all the viewers across Africa.
The suspension comes after Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned the programmes from being broadcast in Kenya following complaints by subscribers last month, that they were not fit for young viewers.
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned several children programs on the pay television, DSTV and GOTV that are said to promote homosexuality.
KFCB chief executive officer, Ezekiel Mutua, through a statement, said that over the last couple of weeks they have received complaints from people that a section of pay TV services are distributing content glorifying homosexual behavior contrary to the law and the KFCB guidelines.
“Most of these programs target vulnerable children with subtle messages that are deliberately designed to corrupt their moral judgment regarding the institution of family, “the statement reads.
This was followed by thorough investigations prompted by the complaints and the board established that the kids’ shows are indeed legitimate and are currently being aired on DSTV and GOTV, owned by the multichoice limited.
KFCB claim that these programs have been rated as suitable for children yet they contain elements that are intended to introduce children to deviant behavior. “Most parents in Kenya may not be aware that the children’s programs are laced with retrogressive and bizarre messages intended to promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda in the country, “the statement reads.
In the statement KFCB further says that the programs bear misleading age suitability ratings that are inconsistent with the KFCB content classification guidelines and indeed against the laws of Kenya.
Also in the statement, KFCB says to have contacted Multichoice Kenya through a letter and asked the network to discontinue the broadcasting and distribution of the programs with immediate effect as access of such content by children is prohibited.
Ms 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.
“Viacom also wants to reinforce that it’s committed to diversity especially for the fact that Africans operate under different values and morals. Our culture as Africans has to be accepted and respected and the regulatory codes are in line with the market in which the channels broadcast,”Ms Wamala said.