Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Tanzania DTT: Many Arusha and Moshi residents woke up to grayish television screens on Monday as the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority switched off analogue broadcasting in the Northern Zone. The move affected Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions but it is only the TV signal recipients in Moshi and Arusha who felt the pinch because Manyara was yet to be covered by "free-to-air" television broadcasting and for years the residents of Babati, Mbulu, Simanjiro, Hanang' and Kiteto districts in the region relied on satellite dishes. Read more here:

- The Music Copyright Society of Kenya officially launched a new alternative licensing regime that will see the provision of ready packaged music to particular establishments and audiences that will further boost the society's revenues. Full story here:

- In Egypt, Cabinet Spokesman Alaa el-Hadidi denied reports about transforming the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) into an economic authority.
This decision, if applicable, required a constitutional amendment from parliament to change the ERTU status, according to Law No.13 of 1979, Hadidi affirmed on Thursday 28/03/2013. This issue was not on the table, he said, adding that the news is totally bare of truth. Full story here:

- Somalia, April 3, 2013; The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) voices concern over the increasingly uncertain future of private radio stations in Puntland following the closure of three private radio stations. Puntland on Wednesday, 3 April 2013, ordered the closure of Radio Codka Nabadda (Voce of Peace radio), Radio Daljir and 1 nation Radio in Bossasso, charging that these radio stations disobeyed orders from Puntland government by continuing to rebroadcast programmes produced by Radio stations which are based outside Puntland, namely Radio Ergo and Radio Bar Kulan.