Icasa to hold public hearings over commercial free-to-air licensing

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will hold public hearings regarding the process to grant licence/s for the provision of individual commercial free-to-air television broadcasting services as well as the related radio frequency spectrum licence.

This follows the application process that led to ICASA receiving four submissions from Kwese Free TV, Tshwaranang Media, Infinity Media Networks and Free To Air TV.

The public hearings will be held from 22 to 23 November 2018 at Irene Country Lodge in Centurion.

“New technologies are deeply transforming the television broadcasting industry and consumers require content that is appealing to their needs,” says ICASA council’s Adv. Dimakatso Qocha.

Introducing more competition in the television broadcasting market is therefore necessary. “We believe that those who have made their submissions in this process will be able to differentiate themselves from others and present some sort of diversity and choice for consumers depending on the kind of programming content they intend to offer,” concludes Qocha.

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