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Porn TV channel banned.

A HARDCORE Italian porn satellite TV channel was blocked by the British Government yesterday.

From February 21 it will be illegal to advertise, promote or supply decoder cards for Extasi TV.

Ministers ruled its explicit scenes of violent sex - including bondage - too strong for UK viewers.

But it will not be illegal to watch it and anyone who already has a subscription or decoding card will not break the law.

Extasi, which costs pounds 180 a year to receive, boasts it broadcasts three hard-core porn films a day, 24 hours a day, with at least one gay or transsexual movie.

Regulator Ofcom complained of hard-core material beyond that on sale in licensed sex shops.

British Broadcasting Minister Andrew McIntosh said: "I have viewed material from the channel and feel that a proscription order would be in the public interest, in particular to ensure children are not exposed to potentially harmful material."
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