Multichoice, DSTV’s parent company has removed the transgender themed teen show ‘I Am Jazz’ from its airing schedule in Nigeria. This is a reaction to a growing online protests by Nigerians who say a TV show about a 15 year old trangender, aimed at teens and pre-teens is not suitable or proper programming for the audience.
The company released an official statement:
MultiChoice Nigeria is aware of the concerns raised by our viewers across various platforms, about the airing of “I am Jazz”, the story of a transgender child scheduled to show on TLC, DStv channel 172 on 27 October 2015.
After careful consideration and wide consultation from various stakeholders, MultiChoice informs its esteemed subscribers that the mini-series, “I am Jazz” has been pulled off the schedule.
We regularly assess the impact our content have on our customers and we reassure them that their interests are always considered.
However, we take comfort in knowing that our decoders are encrypted with the parental control feature that empowers parents with ultimate control over what their children view. We also encourage parents to make use of this feature as much as possible to ensure that their children only watch what their parents deem appropriate.
Image credit – TLC
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