Broadcast Regulation

Feb 26, 2021  |  South Africa: Netflix Adds Age Rating Restrictions To Content As Per Regulations

Most, if not all of Netflix's content accessible in South Africa, are now being labelled with age and maturity rating restrictions that would bring them in line with the South Africa Films and Publications Board (FPB)'s standards and requirements.   ...


Feb 16, 2021  |  100,000+ South Africans Have Petitioned Against Changes To TV Licence Tax

More than 110,000 South African have voiced their opposition against plans that will force users of laptops, tablets, decoders and streaming platforms to be liable for TV licenses that will benefit the public broadcaster, the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). ...


Feb 12, 2021  |  International: BBC World News Banned In China Over Alleged "Biased Reporting"

According to reporting from the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese broadcasting authority said on Thursday that it is banning the BBC World News from broadcasting with its borders.   The Chinese National Radio and TV Administration (NRTA) said it has ...


Feb 11, 2021  |  South Africa: Govt. Takes Smartphones Off The TV Licence Liability List

In South Africa, The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is to confirm that while its plan to further and expand changes to TV Licensing regime for the country, it has reached the determination that it will now not ...


"The Future Of Broadcasting In Nigeria Is Private" - Industry Regulator Suggests

Professor Armstrong Idachaba, the current acting director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (Nigeria's broadcast industry regulatory agency), has suggested that there is a need for more private broadcasting outfits to be established in Nigerian broadcast media space.   Speaking during ...

South Africa: Govt Fortifies Plans To Make Non-Terrestrial TV Users Pay For TV Licence

The South African TV Licence framework's ongoing issues seem to be settling with the nation's government adamant that it will be extending the payment of TV licenses to the users of non-terrestrial or traditional TV services. In effect, the government ...

MISA Condemns Tanzanian Authorities For Unfair Ban Of Wasafi TV

THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe) has criticised Tanzanian authorities for their harsh six-month suspension of Wasafi TV. The TV station was banned by the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) for airing a musician who was scantily dressed during ...

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 ...

Tanzania | TCRA Bans TV Station For Violating Broadcast Regulation

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced a six-month ban of Wasafi TV on the alleged basis of violation of the country’s broadcasting rules and regulations. According to the industry regulator, the contravention necessitating the action occurred on the ...

INTERNATIONAL | Industry Regulator Calls For Overhaul Of Broadcasting And Media Marketplace

Mr Ajit Pai, the incumbent chairperson of the Federal Communications Commission, the body that regulates and manages the broadcast media industry in the United States, has called on policy-makers in the U.S. to implement a wholesale, root-and-branch overhaul of the ...

International: Shake-Up In UK's Broadcasting As Streaming Platforms To Do Public Service Programming!

Ofcom, the United Kingdom's broadcasting regulator, is bringing forth a proposal that is considered radical in the sense that it will re-shape the country's broadcasting landscape. Within these proposals, Ofcom is looking to mandate streaming services to now carry public ...

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 Businesstech.co.za, ICASA ...

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Sanctions Stations For Airing Doddy Cure Claims, Preachers, Others

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the agency that regulates broadcasting activities in Nigeria, has released "the regulatory breach profile" for the period between April to June 2020.   The NBC report indicated that in that period, it issued no less ...

Nigeria: Regulator Warns Broadcasters Against Impetuousness, Might Increase Sanctions

Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the acting director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the regulator of Nigeria's broadcasting industry - has issued a stern warning to TV and radio operators in the country, asking them to ensure they are not ...