Broadcast Regulation

Sep 16, 2020  |  South Africa: Multichoice Prays Current Regulation On Sports In Unchanged

Following the move by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)  to propose a new regulatory framework for sports broadcasting - which will see significant sporting events being made available on a free-to-watch basis, Multichoice South Africa has responded ...


Sep 10, 2020  |  Nigeria: Broadcasting Regulator Dragged To Court Over Amended Broadcasting Code

Nigeria's broadcasting regulator - the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is being taken to Court by a film production company based in Lagos, Nigeria over the recently amended broadcasting code.   According to reporting by Nigeria Communications Week, Oakfil Production Limited, ...


Sep 09, 2020  |  South Africa: Regulator Aims To Make PayTV Sports Broadcast Free-To-Watch

South Africa's broadcast regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is conducting a review of the rules around sports broadcasting in the country.     As part of the review, ICASA is seeking to "identify and list national ...


Aug 28, 2020  |  Tanzania Regulator Bans Clouds FM And Clouds TV For Contraventions

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) had on August 27 issued a broadcast suspension to Clouds FM and TV stations. The seven-day ban will take effect immediately.   According to the TCRA, the stations were banned because they, without due ...


Nigeria: Reviewed Broadcasting Code Is In Country's Best Interest - Says Govt. Minister Lai Mohammed

Mr Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, is adamant that the reviewed Nigerian Broadcasting Code published by the regulatory agency - the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), is right for the country as part of the "ongoing reforms" taking ...

Nigeria: Despite Presented As "Official", The Amended Broadcasting Code "Is Still Invalid" - NBC Board Member

The recently released Nigerian Broadcasting regulatory code (or framework) still appears to be facing strong headwind given the recent comments from a serving board member of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the agency that regulates the Nigerian broadcasting space. ...

Nigeria: Controversial Broadcasting Regulation Officially Presented To Public - Despite Industry Outcry!

The Nigerian authorities have been accused of ignoring the legitimate opposition of a cross-section of the broadcast media this industry when it went ahead to officially launch the country's new National Broadcasting Code - the sixth version.   On Tuesday, ...

Zimbabwe: "New TV Licenses Will Help Liberalise Our Broadcasting Airways" - Govt Minister

Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ms Monica Mutsvanga has indicated that the government is ready to award six new television broadcasting licenses to help it achieve its goal of further liberalising the Zimbabwean broadcasting airways.   According ...

Tanzania: TCRA Moves To Ban Online TV Station Over "Misleading News"

The broadcasting regulator in Tanzania - the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authorities (TCRA) has suspended a local internet-based TV station for relaying information that the government of Tanzania find inaccurate and misleading.   TCRA's Content Committee alleged that Kwanza Online TV ...

NBC Battles To Keep Nigeria's New Broadcasting Code Going - Fiasco Intensifies

In Nigeria, the controversy surrounding the amended broadcasting code - the set of regulations governing the broadcast media industry -took a new turn with the reported infighting between the organisation's board members and the management of the National Broadcasting Commission ...

Nigeria: "Suspend The Implementation Of Broadcasting Code" - IBAN

Mr Guy Murray-Bruce, the secretary for the Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN), has issued a statement on behalf of the association calling for the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to put on hold its implementation of the amended 6th ...

Nigeria: Govt Orders Multichoice To Reverse Price Hike, Might Impose Pay-Per-View Charging

The BMA has consistently tracked and reported on the market dynamics in the Nigerian pay-TV sector, as it involves the market leader Multichoice DStv. It now appears that the Nigerian government is ready, via possible regulation, to impose a pay-per-view ...

Nigeria: Fallout As Protests Rage Over 'Controversial' Broadcasting Code - Regulator In Defensive Mode

There have been angry protestations by some members of the electronic and broadcast media industry in Nigeria over provisions of the recently released Broadcasting Code.   Media operators seem unhappy with the tenets of the new regulatory initiatives. They have ...

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Says Sports Rights Exclusivity To Cease

The Nigerian broadcast industry regulator - National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has made it clear it will be seeking to break the decades-old monopolistic sports broadcast rights structure in Nigeria.   The NBC re-affirmed that further to the provision of the ...