Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

South Africa: The Presidency has noted media reports about government media advertising and a subsequent call made by the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Ms Helen Zille for the establishment of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate government advertising. Government undertakes advertising in all mediums across the board which reaches a variety of targeted audiences. The government advertising is spent in newspapers across the country, radio stations, television and digital media. In this financial year of 2012/13 government has by end of November 2012 through Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Media Bulk Buying spent R108 million rand across all platforms, in the process saving government about R17 million of public funds. Full story here

Digital TV stakeholders, at a forum organised by Digital Dialogue Nigeria (DDN) in Lagos recently, expressed fear that the Nigerian government was becoming too slow in the implementation process. According to them, if the committee that is supposed to drive the implementation is yet to be set up by government, coupled with the non-release of the policy document for the implementation process, then Nigeria may fail to join other countries in digital broadcasting.
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Radio stations are being cautioned against inciting Kenyans as we head to the elections. Media Council chief executive Haron Mwangi says they are monitoring 80 radio stations as well as newspapers and television stations to ensure they do not spread inciting messages. Mwangi says vernacular radio stations are particularly the biggest culprits as they are airing utterances; an issue that they are looking into. Source: The Star, 31 Jan. 2013, Nelly Gitau.

Altogether 16 African countries are gearing up for the switch to digital. “Putting TNT into practice” is a technical training course that was organised by CFI from 18 to 20 December 2012 in N'Djamena.