ICASA To Conduct An Inquiry Into Must-Carry TV Regulations

Black chairs and SABC logo. Image source: SABC News

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will soon be conducting an inquiry into Must-Carry TV Regulations.

The communications regulator said the aim of the inquiry is to reach a comprehensive and accurate conclusion on the effectiveness of these regulations and consequently decide whether the current Regulations require an amendment.

In 2008, ICASA introduced “must carry” regulations, compelling pay-TV companies to carry the SABC’s free-to-air channels — SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 — in support of universal access.

The regulations allow MultiChoice and other pay-TV operators to carry the SABC’s three public-service TV channels at no cost.

The public broadcaster, SABC wants DStv and others to pay to carry SABC 1, 2 and 3 on their platforms.



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