MOMO Kids TV could face a penalty if it is determined that the channel has violated regulations by airing inappropriate content in its children’s programs, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.
One of the nation’s famous children’s channels, MOMO was reported to have sparked complaints from angry parents by broadcasting an episode of Japanese cartoon School Rumble (校園迷糊大王) on Monday night depicting high school students watching a pornographic film together.
“The episode contained a scene of jiggling breasts and it also showed how actors moaned in pornographic films, which was indeed inappropriate,” said Jason Ho (何吉森), director of the NCC’s -communication content department, adding that the commission had received complaints about the controversial content as well.
Ho said this was not the first time MOMO has allowed inappropriate content to appear in its programs, adding that the channel may have problems controlling the quality of its content.
Ho added that the commission would refer the case to an independent content review committee formed by experts not affiliated with the commission. If the committee determines that the channel has violated the Regulations -Governing the Classification of Television Programs (電視節目分級處理辦法), the channel could be fined between NT$100,000 (US$3,300) and NT$1 million based on the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星廣播電視法), he said.
The penalty could increase to NT$2 million if the channel does not address the situation.
Ho said the commission has proposed an amendment to the Satellite Broadcasting Act that would enable the regulator to apply stricter standards to television programs and commercials targeting children and teenagers.