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SABC And MultiChoice Access-To-Public-Archives Deal Under Investigation

A South African parliamentary inquiry is recommending investigations into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and MultiChoice agreement that would see the SABC supplying MultiChoice's DStv with a 24hour news channel, an entertainment channel and access to its public archives.

The five-year, 570 million Rands deal that was agreed in 2013 is now being considered under "questionable transactions" by the South African Parliament. Individual elements of the deal, like the one dealing with the issue of encryption, is alleged to be in contravention of the Broadcasting Act of South Africa.

Both the SABC and Multichoice are defending the agreement, insisting nothing illegal or unethical happened.

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