Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 357 on 29 January 2021

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South Africa announces its intention to introduce digital radio – Will the rest of the continent follow?

29 January 2021

In November last year the South African broadcast regulator ICASA published its Draft DSB Regulations 1 on the introduction of digital radio for consultation. Last week it held virtual public hearings. Russell Southwood looks at the arguments over doing it and what it may mean for the rest of the continent. Almost two decades ago, Mauritius was the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to introduce digital broadcasting. The process of transitioning to digital TV broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa has been a long one and it is not over yet. However, in many countries the investment made has greatly improved access…