Broadcast Regulation

South Africa: Regulator To Hold Hearing On Broadcast Rights In Jan. 2021

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will, according to press reporting, hold new stakeholders hearing early next year to examine further the dynamics of subscription or Pay-TV services in South Africa.
According to reporting by, ICASA will take representations from a number of media rights owners to show how the state-of-play in the country is impacting them. Sources said that although the hearings are billed to revisit issues with subscription television as a whole, it will, however, be especially focused on DStv's sports broadcasting rights.
ICASA, according to sources, is said to be looking to explore, via this new hearing, the workability of concepts such as 'rights splitting' and 'unbundling'. It is believed that ICASA is keen to reduce the prevalence of rights exclusivity in entertainment programming, and also particularly in sports broadcasting.
Just last November, ICASA had published a draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendments Regulations that aimed to make sports broadcasts more easily accessible to the broader public in South Africa.
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