Regulation & policy

SABC suspends Group CEO

The SABC on Wednesday announced the suspension of its Group CEO, Frans Matlala. Matlala was appointed in July after the departure of Lulama Mokhobo last year. His suspension comes four months after his appointment.

“The Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), today suspended with immediate effect the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Mr Frans Matlala pending an investigation,” SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago in a media statement.

South Africa to investigate digital STB tender

South Africa’s government has started an investigation into the digital set-top box market, the Department of Communications said. Replying to questions from a member in the National Council of Provinces in Parliament, the DoC said allegations of Chinese imports have sparked a wider investigation, Fin24 reported. Earlier this year, the Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) named 26 suppliers of digital STBs, which the government will subsidise to support the transition to digital broadcasting.

Icasa halts issuing of community radio licenses

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa recently placed a moratorium on the issuing of new community radio broadcasting licenses, saying that there are no frequencies available in metro areas anymore.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has recently halted the issuing of community radio broadcasting licenses.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said the authority will issue a formal notice and communicate its decision to lift the moratorium once all processes have been completed and it is ready for licensing.

Nigeria’s Consumer protection agency raids Multichoice office in Lagos

Officials of the Consumer Protection Council on Thursday raided the head office of pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, in Lagos. The officials, armed with a warrant, were accompanied by policemen and journalists to the company’s office at about 1pm.

They allegedly left with laptop computers and important documents about the company’s operations. The operation was led by the Council’s Director of Legal Services, Emmanuel Ataguba. Officials of Multichoice Nigeria could not be reached for comments on the raid.

Zambia: govt suspends customs duties on transmission equipment

In an effort to ensure successful migration to digital broadcasting, the Zambian government has suspended customs duties on transmission equipment for a period of two years.

Authorities believe this will help facilitate the introduction of new equipment and help boost the country's broadcasting sector by improving quality of output.

Zambia is home to more than 150 radio and television stations.

The minister of Finance and National Planning Alexander Chikwanda said the action by authorities will enable broadcasters to import equipment more cost effectively.

PCCW Global and Solbox collaborate in delivery of wholesale and retail media solutions

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s leading premier telecommunications service provider, and Solbox, a content delivery solutions specialist, have signed an agreement in which Solbox will collaborate with PCCW Global’s growing media business with innovative solutions for optimal video delivery in selected markets.

SES markets Video-On-Demand (VOD), streaming and satellite solution across Africa

SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. and one of Europe's leading technical media service providers, today announced that its FLUID HUB solution is being utilised by more than 10 broadcasters -- just a few months after its launch.

Ghanaian government inaugurates DTT management board

The Ghanaian government has inaugurated a seven-member management board for the deployment of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) by mid-2016. The Ministry of Communication said the board is made up of stakeholder representatives from the National Media Commission (NMC), the National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications, Ministry of Communications and a consumer with two ex-officio members from K-Net and an Independent engineer.

DA drops court action against SABC

The DA said on Wednesday that it will drop its contempt of court application against the SABC – for now.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday that it will drop its contempt of court application against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) – for now.

The DA’s James Selfe said that as the broadcaster had accepted the “terms of suspension of its chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng”‚ its “concerns have been addressed and satisfied in full”.

ICASA complete oral hearing for the Draft Local Content Regulations

Following the publication notice of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to call for public hearings on the Draft Regulations of South African Local Content for television and radio, ICASA has conducted oral representations on the 1st and 2nd October 2015. According to the authority, 20 written submissions from interested stakeholders have been received.

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