The Broadcaster reinforced the classification given to the movie “Dead Fall” by the Film and Publications Board due to a particularly violent scene it had noticed. This classification re-rating (from 16 LSV to 18 LNSV) was done to protect children whom the broadcaster acknowledged are part of its audience.
Despite this, the scheduling department programmed the movie to start half an hour before the Watershed Period on the day in question, meaning that the particularly offensive scene fell within the watershed.
The broadcaster admitted and apologised for the error, and also admitted that the error was due to a mistake by an inexperienced employee who was not properly supervised.
The Tribunal found the Broadcaster in contravention of Clauses 2.2. and 7.1 of the Free-to-Air Code of Conduct, and a fine of R15 000 is levied.
 JOL 36743 (BCCSA)