ICASA holds meetings for free-to-air TV and radio licences

1 June 2017

Regulation & Policy

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is holding workshops concerning free-to-air television broadcasting services and radio frequency spectrum for multiplexes. They follow the Invitation To Apply (ITA) published in the Government Gazette on 28 February. The workshops will be conducted in all nine provinces and are open to the public and any interested parties.

The Council of ICASA decided to conduct workshops after the refusal of five applications for free-to-air licences in the 2015/16 financial year. They were rejected because they did not comply with the ITA and provisions of the Electronic Communications Act. The non-compliance related among others to corporate status, finances, research that supported the licence application, ownership by historically disadvantaged people and cross-media ownership that exceeded regulatory provisions.

Source: Telecompaper