Action to stop broadcast of Golden Cage

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2007, HILVERSUM – An action has been started on the internet to stop the broadcasting of the Gouden Kooi (Golden Cage) programme of the Dutch commercial broadcaster Tien. The participants in the programme are staying in a villa and must try to bully each other with the aim that one person is left who will then own the villa. The signatures put on the internet will be presented to the producer John de Mol, according to the action group on the website stopgoudenkooi.nl.

24 July 2007

HILVERSUM – An action has been started on the internet to stop the broadcasting of the  Gouden Kooi (Golden Cage) programme of the Dutch commercial broadcaster Tien. The participants in the programme are staying in a villa and must try to bully each other with the aim that one person is left who will then own the villa. The signatures put on the internet will be presented to the producer John de Mol, according to the action group on the website stopgoudenkooi.nl.

“At the beginning there was already a lot of commotion about participant Natasia who prefers money to her children. Later it seemed that things had calmed down, but now again there have been a couple of fights and even worse: sexual assault,” explains the action group. 

A spokesperson for Tien said in a reaction that everybody was free to stage an action, “ but I want to stress that we also disapprove of violence. The participants have been punished and we told them that we won’t tolerate violence anymore. And that message has struck home.”

Government parties CDA and ChristenUnie  called on companies not to have commercials on Tien around the time that the reality soap is being aired. The PvdA called for a code of conduct for producers.

In the battle to attract viewers the moral boundaries are stretched a little each time, according to the PvdA. ‘Programmes that are not shocking, will lose viewers and if you lose viewers, you lose revenues,” said PvdA PMs Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Martijn van Dam.

Tien also had to intervene on several occasions. Two male participants had to leave the programme because they wanted to pick a fight. One woman had to leave the villa because she had kicked another participant.

[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
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