Early sex earns satcaster a fine

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Media regulator Ofcom has fined porn satcaster Digital Television Production £50,000 ($91,000) for broadcasting graphic sex too early in the evening.

Digital Television Production aired the images of simulated intercourse and orgasm between 8:30 and 10 p.m. on April 8 on its XplicitXXX service on a free-to-air basis to promote the normally encrypted channel.

One of Digital Television’s rivals alerted Ofcom to the six-minute promotional loop. Ofcom did not receive any viewer calls about the incident but had heard previous complaints about the channel for similar transgressions.

Fine is the first against a broadcaster imposed by Ofcom, which was formed in December to consolidate previous regulatory agencies. It could have imposed a penalty as high as $455,000.

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