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.
Pay-TV operator MultiChoice is feeling the pressure from local and international over-the-top (OTT) players. On top of that, the company believes the regulatory framework in SA is not protecting traditional broadcasters against the onslaught of big foreign media companies.
This was revealed yesterday by the company's senior executives at the MultiChoice offices in Randburg. The execs were in unison in expressing their fears that online video content is growing in SA and will eventually eclipse traditional TV.
The President of the Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria, (EMCOAN) Mrs. Debbie Odutayo, has expressed satisfaction with the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) decision to partner her association towards successful digitisation of the broadcast industry in Nigeria.
The Communication Authority of Kenya has started licensing of commercial Free-to Air Television services in the country, after digital migration which saw the switch off of analogue signals in February. CAK director general Francis Wangusi yesterday issued eight FTA TV licenses with a reminder to broadcasters to secure accreditation on time.
The eight broadcasters cleared are Zarina Company Ltd, Seventh Day Adventist - East Kenya Union Conference, Akili Networks Ltd, Entertainment Channel Ltd and World Music Ltd.
A trade union has lifted the lid on what it describes as suspicious activity by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) at the SABC’s Durban office. Allegations included employees being thrown out of offices for hours and of them being threatened with dismissal if they dared speak of the activity. This is according to Hannes du Buisson, president of the Broadcast Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union.
StarSat parent On Digital Media (ODM) has no intention of withdrawing a complaint it lodged against DStv parent MultiChoice in 2013 at the Competition Commission in which it accused its rival of engaging in anticompetitive behaviour. ODM, which is close to completing a business rescue process it went into in 2012 after running into financial trouble, accused MultiChoice of abusing its monopoly by not supplying it with access to two SuperSport channels for broadcasting on StarSat (at the time known as TopTV). “As you know, the Competition Commission takes its time.
ICASA has so far chosen not to enable competition in the pay-TV space, say observers.
The local pay-TV market will remain dominated by a single, entrenched player, unless the county's communications regulator decides to get serious about introducing real competition into the space, market observers have warned.
It is up to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to regulate the market in such a way as to open the door for real competitors to incumbent MultiChoice, which holds about 90% of the South African pay-TV market.
An MOU has been signed between ICASA and the NCC to help deal with telecoms-related consumer complaints faster.
The National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) have entered into a cooperative working agreement to help resolve telecommunication and broadcast-related complaints.