SOUTH AFRICA: SABC’s national Indian radio station, Lotus FM seems to be on the road to no recovery with another mistake made this morning on their breakfast show #MorningRush anchored by former producer Ryan Naicker.
A light-hearted conversation over the movie Fast & Furious 8 amongst the co-anchors had led to Naicker suggesting the other option instead of paying for a movie ticket would be to wait and pay fifteen rands for a copy.
Jack Devnarain who also chairs the South African Guild of Actors is outraged by the incident on-air.
“The performance industry is engaged in a global fight to protect the moral and economic rights of performers through the Beijing Treaty. Piracy is a global issue because its a violation of copyright law. It’s theft.
Even in SA, two very important pieces of legislation will be brought before Parliament in a month or two which protects copyright ownership for actors. SA actors are not alone in this fight.
There is no justification for piracy or buying fake dvd’s. I’ve heard the excuses before, and they have no basis in reason. If anyone can defend or promote the practice of buying fake, especially on a public platform, they need to be corrected on their values.
In addition, they may want to explain if they endorse the practice of buying fake, or is it something they do themselves. If they’re that cheap-ass, they need to be exposed.”
This reckless comment being stated on-air to listeners is yet again another faux pas in less than a week after the same breakfast show created a parody that was aired featuring a story by eNCA journalist, Jody Jacobs. This incident questions the credibility of the journalist and should not have been used in the context to create comedy.
The afternoon drive show around 4.15PM and 4.30PM also used the context of child labour with the anchor Byron Davids encouraging his co-anchors to support those children working in those factories in Thailand. Another shot at violating the work that has been done to eliminate child labour is set back by the station allowing such content to be discussed on-air. Read that story by clicking here
The film industry has both local and international advocate and spend millions in efforts to nail down on illegal movies. The recent strategies include campaigns that comes in the form of a thank-you messages which are inserted into movies that are produced. Instead of saying “Don’t do it!”, it says “Thanks for not doing it!”. Recent figures suggest that this gratitude is justified, with cinema ticket and DVD sales up since the inception of the campaign.
Ryan Naicker’s message this morning was uncalled for and tactless which needs to be remedied on-air on the sensitization on the impact that piracy has on movies and artists needs to be promoted.
“There’s a perception that it’s a victimless crime,” says Mark Batey, chief executive of trade body the Film Distributors’ Association. “But it’s not. There are just a handful of super successes every year among hundreds of movies that are brought to market. And when a film is copied or made available online, it reduces the value of that film around the world.”
A complaint is currently being lodged with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) over last week and today’s incidents.
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