Broadcast Regulation

Pay-TV: Regulator To Hold Virtual Public Hearing On Subscription TV Services In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - the country's broadcasting and telecoms regulatory agency) has confirmed it will be proceeding with its public hearing into Pay-TV services in South Africa. ICASA has confirmed that the hearings will take place on the 12th - 15th January 2021 virtually.
In the statement issued to confirm the dates of the public hearings, the ICASA Councillor, Adv. Dimakatso Qocha said: "To ensure strict adherence to all COVID-19 safety protocols and regulations, the Authority has decided that the public hearings will be held virtually and without any in-person presentations."
The Authority is of the mind that considering the "current circumstances" in relation to the dictates of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is "duty-bound to ensure that both its staff and external stakeholders are protected in that regard".
The ICASA's statement also mentioned that the Authority has also considered rescheduling the public consultation exercise, as per the stakeholders' request. Still, it had decided to proceed as per the original notice, albeit virtually.

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