Broadcast Regulation

Jun 20, 2019  |  South Africa: ICASA To Investigate Broadcasting ‘Must-Carry’ Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released a press statement announcing that it intends to launch an inquiry into South African broadcasting’s must-carry regulations to determine if they need to be amended. According to ICASA, the cause ...


Jun 11, 2019  |  NBC And AIT Resolve Differences Following Intervention By Nigeria’s ‘Media Elders’ -Reports

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and DAAR Communications Plc., the owners of Ray Power FM and Africa Independent Television (AIT), have reportedly resolved their differences. Nduka Obaigbena, the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), disclosed this in a statement ...


Jun 06, 2019  |  Nigeria’s NBC Threatens To Fine AIT, Raypower For Airing Uncensored Social Media Comments

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Nigeria has threatened to sanction Daar Communications Group for using social media comments in one of its programmes, Kakaaki, and for ‘unprofessional’ conduct by the media house. Nigeria’s broadcast regulatory commission wrote three separate ...


Jun 04, 2019  |  Competition Commission Supports ICASA’s Plans To Open Up SA's Pay-TV Market

South Africa’s Competition Commission has come out in full support of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s plans to introduce various changes to open up the country’s pay-TV market and to make sure that sporting events of national ...


StarTimes Ghana Sues Two TV Stations For Copyright Infringement -Reports

One of Africa’s leading pay-TV service providers, StarTimes has secured a lawsuit against two of Ghana’s media houses for allegedly infringing on their copyrights. The two media houses, Media 7, a broadcasting group that is affiliated with channels such as ...

Legal Battle Looms Between ICASA And MultiChoice -Reports

A legal battle is brewing between the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) and the pay-TV giant MultiChoice as the regulator forges ahead with its plans to open up the market. On April 12, ICASA revealed its draft findings from ...

ICASA Gears Up To Conduct Public Hearings Over Sports Broadcasting Regulations In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is getting ready to hold public hearings on the Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations that were published on 14 December 2018. The hearings are scheduled to take place from 27 to ...

ICASA Says That Netflix And DStv Are Not In Competition In South Africa

According to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), there is a significant difference between streaming services such as Netflix and the services being provided by traditional broadcasters in South Africa – such as DStv. In a conversation with ...

FTA Threatens To Take ICASA To Court After Losing Bid For Free-To-Air TV Licence

One of the losing bidders for the highly sought-after free-to-air television licence that was recently awarded by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is very upset over the results, calling it a lost opportunity for local youth and ...

ICASA Plans To End DStv’s Monopoly In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released the findings of its inquiry into South Africa’s subscription TV broadcasting services. The regulator said that this process began in 2016 when ICASA published a notice of its plans to ...

Zambia Lifts Prime TV Suspension With Immediate Effect

The Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia has lifted the suspension of Prime Television with immediate effect, after a successful appeal the station made to Dora Siliya, the state’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services. On the 4th of March, 2019, ...

MultiChoice Nigeria Insists That GOtv Licence Has Been Renewed

The management team of MultiChoice Nigeria, the owners of GOtv and DStv, has confirmed that it has renewed GOtv’s licence with the National Broadcasting Commission. However, the pay-TV company did not confirm if its licence had been cancelled by the ...

South Africa’s Department Of Communications And ICT Stakeholders Discuss Licensing Of Spectrum

South Africa’s Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and her deputy, Pinky Kekana, recently met with stakeholders from the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) industry to conclude consultations on their interpretation of the spectrum licensing process as defined by the laws of ...

Kenyan Communications Authority Reviews Programming Code For Pay-TV Operators

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has announced that it is currently in the process of reviewing the programming code for the country’s pay television operators. The code that is currently in place was developed in 2015 and has been ...