Media regulator Ofcom has fined two Richard Desmond-owned companies that broadcast adult channels £52,500 (E59,000) for breaching the broadcast code.
Ofcom levied a £25,000 fine against RHF Productions for promoting on Red Hot Services two websites that featured “extremely sexually explicit” R18 material, which is not supposed to be broadcast on any TV channel licensed by the UK media regulator. The regulator also fined Portland Enterprises £27,500 for broadcasting, on channel Television X2, an encypted R18 programme.
Portland is the broadcasting arm of Desmond’s Northern & Shell. The Daily Express and Daily Star proprietor also owns RHF Productions. Ofcom said that the RHF Productions fine was for daytime promotions for the two websites containing “extremely sexually explicit material” that could be viewed by consumers without any need for registration or age verification.