The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is initiating a process to review the framework governing the community broadcasting sector. This review is aimed at addressing shortcomings in the regulatory and operational environment of the community broadcasting sector.
The expected outcomes of the review include, streamlined community broadcasting related regulations, a review of the community broadcasting licensing framework, as well as operational guidelines for the community broadcasting sector. The review will also identify policy and/or legislative challenges and make recommendations to the Minister of Communications in this regard.
The review process started with the publication of a Discussion Document on the Review of the Community Broadcasting Regulatory Framework on 3 March 2017. This document is intended to solicit written representations from interested parties and stakeholders, with submissions due on 10 May 2017.
Subsequently, a series of public consultations including public hearings as well as provincial workshops will be held, and such would culminate into the final regulatory framework for the community broadcasting sector.
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