Kwesé Free TV gets green light from South African regulator

South Africa’s media and communications regulator ICASA has confirmed that it is granting a commercial free-to-air TV licence to Kwesé Free TV. The watchdog said that Kwesé Free TV’s proposed service complied with the relevant South African laws and met a market need. It also judged that the outfit’s business plan and means of financial […]

ICASA searches for new chair as Mohlalogo gets 20-year jail term

South African media and telecom regulator ICASA is looking for a new acting chairman following the sentencing of incumbent Rubben Mohlaloga for fraud. Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, acting on a resolution of the country’s national assembly, this week removed Mohlaloga from office. He had already been suspended on March 15 following a resolution of the […]

MultiChoice lists on Johannesburg exchange

Naspers-backed MultiChoice Group’s shares rose respectably yesterday after the company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The new listed company includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa Holdings, SVOD outfit Showmax, digital platform security provider Irdeto, and all their subsidiaries and affiliates. However, a slight shadow was cast over the listing by regulator Icasa, which expressed […]

South African minister moves forward on digital switchover

South Africa’s minister of communications Nomvula Mokonyane has named the members of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council that will advise her on matters relating to digital switchover and the development of digital-terrestrial TV. The naming of council members follows the appointment of Aldred Dreyer as project director for the DTT Programme Management Office (PMO). […]

South African regulator launches pay TV probe

South African regulator ICASA has launched an enquiry into pay TV in the country to address a perceived lack of competition in the market. The enquiry will led by ICASA Council member Katharina Pillay, working with deputies Nomvuyiso Batyi and Botlenyana Mokhele. Announcing the enquiry, Pillay said that ICASA had “the responsibility to ensure that […]

Investigation ordered into SABC-Multichoice news channel deal

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has called for the country’s Competition Commission to investigate a news channel agreement between MultiChoice and SABC. The request follows an agreement dating from last summer that saw public broadcaster SABC (the South African Broadcasting Corporation) provide a 24-hour news channel on pay TV operator MultiChoice’s DStv platform. In a […]