Broadcast Regulation

Jul 22, 2021  |  South Africa: Same TV Licensing Regime Will Not Solve SABC's Troubles, Watchdog Warns

The newly issued bill to boost the South African public broadcaster's governance structures and cash flow include harsher penalties for non-payment of TV licence fees and reducing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board. Recently, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams released ...


Jul 19, 2021  |  Nigeria: "Broadcasters Must Be Cautious When Reporting Kidnappings, Banditry And Terrorisms" - Regulator

The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission, the body that regulates the Nigerian broadcast media industry - has prohibited television and radio stations from reporting on bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers. In a statement, NBC warned radio and television stations not to "glamourise ...


Jun 30, 2021  |  South Africa: ICASA Addresses 'Must-Carry' Regulatory "Error" - According To Reports

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is breathing a sigh of relief after the country's communications regulator announced plans to scrap laws allowing pay-TV operators to carry the public broadcaster's free-to-air channels for free. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ...


Jun 08, 2021  |  Nigerian Regulator Tells Broadcasters To Stop Advertising Their Twitter Handles!

Following the Nigerian Government's announcement of the suspension of Twitter on Friday, 4 June 2021, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has now ordered all conventional broadcast stations to stop advertising on Twitter immediately. The commission compels broadcasters to be "mindful ...


South Africa: Regulator Approves New Ownership Structure For Radio Station

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - the body that regulates the broadcasting and telecoms industry - has approved a new ownership structure and format change for Classic FM, a South African commercial Classic music radio station. The ...

Nigeria: Human Rights Radio Station's Licence Suspended For Unprofessional Conduct

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria has announced its decision to suspend the Human Rights Radio broadcasting licence - "Berekete FM" - over repetitive unprofessional conduct. The alleged unprofessional conduct allegations were about the personal conduct of the station ...

Zambia: Regulator Reminds Channel To Guard Against Misconduct

Further to its previous warning for the airing of materials that conflicts with the Zambian broadcasting code of conduct, Muvi Television, the country's first private commercial television station, is in the dog-house again!.   The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) summoned ...

Zambia: Regulator Urges Broadcasters To Follow Code Of Conduct

The first private commercial television station in Zambia, Muvi Television, and other broadcasting stations, has received a warning from the Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia (IBA) to guard against the airing of materials that conflict with the broadcasting code of ...

Kenya: Regulator Suspends TV Station For Broadcasting Inappropriate Content

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) released a statement regarding the suspension on Mt Kenya Television as a consequence of airing obscene content in a children’s programme. The Authority is enforcing its judgement for a period of four weeks. According ...

Update: Nigeria's Broadcasting Regulator Clarifies Debacle With Channels TV

The Director of Public Affairs of Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mrs Franca Aiyetan, said that Channels TV has apologised for infringing on the broadcasting code. Aiyetan further elaborated on the intention of the letter from the commission. According to ...

Nigeria: Govt. Suspends Channels TV For "Breach Of Broadcast Code"!

Channels TV, the news and current affairs TV station vastly popular in Nigeria, has been suspended by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the country's broadcast regulator! In a letter from the Acting Director-General of the NBC, Professor Armstrong Idichaba, ...

Ghana: Authorities Close Shop For 49 Unlicenced TV Stations - Reports

In Ghana, a monitoring exercise focusing on satellite Free-To-Air television platforms has revealed 49 television stations operating without licences. Leading the exercise was the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana. The authority's whose primary mandate is to license media houses ...

Uganda: Regulator Plans To Switch-Off Unlicensed Radio Stations – Reports

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) - the body that regulates the media and communications sector in Uganda -  has communicated to all radio broadcasters regarding its new licensing framework for the broadcasting sector. In its recent communications to the industry, ...

South Africa: SABC Implements Controversial Disciplinary Policy - Reports

The Broadcasting Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu), has accused the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management of failure to consult stakeholders regarding the newly implemented disciplinary policy. Bemawu has filed a demand at the SABC to withdraw the ...