Tien scraps controversial documentary

6th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - Television channel Tien has scrapped plans to broadcast a controversial documentary from British Channel 4 on the preparations for the first "masturbate-athon" for charity held in London last August.

7 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - Television channel Tien has scrapped plans to broadcast a controversial documentary from British Channel 4 on the preparations for the first "masturbate-athon" for charity held in London last August.

The documentary talks with two American sexologists involved in the campaign, which was organised to raise money to fight AIDS.

Tien announced on Tuesday afternoon that it would not be airing the programme, because of the "commotion over the title." There is no explicit footage in the programme, the broadcaster said.

The documentary was originally scheduled for broadcast on 13 March at 9.30 p.m. on Tien. 

Christian democrat CDA MP Joop Atsma said the programme was "completely absurd" and "tasteless," on Tuesday morning, before the channel changed its plans.

"I get the impression that Tien in continuously trying to push the boundaries of what is acceptable. If it were possible, I would ban these kinds of programmes."

Atsma says he will soon meet to talk with the broadcaster about these kinds of topics.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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