The Malta Independent 21 April 2019, Sunday

BA, Children’s Commissioner looking into teenagers’ participation in TV modelling show

Monday, 21 January 2019, 21:43 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Broadcasting Authority is currently evaluating the participation of young teenagers in a modelling show on Net TV, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici told Parliament.

Responsible for the Broadcasting Authority, Bonnici was answering a parliamentary question from MP Byron Camilleri about Net TV’s Akila programme.

Camilleri also asked Family Minister Michael Falzon whether the Office of the Children’s Commissioner had investigated a report by online portal Lovin Malta about the programme.

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The article, ‘7 Total WTF Moments From This New Maltese Modelling TV Show’, referred to moments where young female models were asked whether they would willingly model wearing lingerie by an older male presenter.

Falzon replied that the Commissioner for Children was contacted by an individual and the Broadcasting Authority and that the Commissioner had expressed concern at certain comments which were made by a member of the programme’s panel. He said that the commissioner’s office will continue to monitor the programme and discuss it with the Broadcasting Authority all for the children’s best interest.

Falzon said the Commissioner’s office would be monitoring the programme and would continue discussing it with the Broadcasting Authority in “children’s best interest.”

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