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Hearings on Must Carry Regulations in the Pipeline

June 7, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

Virtual hearings on the Draft Must Carry Amendment Regulations are set for 28 June 2021.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) announced the hearings in Government Gazette 44652.

A Discussion Document on the Inquiry into the Review of the Must Carry Regulations of 2008 was published in December 2019.

In March 2021, ICASA published a findings and positions document on the review of the Regulations.

Draft Must Carry Amendment Regulations were also published for comment until 21 May 2021.

Draft amendments include a new Regulation 3 on television programmes to be carried, a new Regulation 7 on transmission of television programmes, a new Regulation 9 on monitoring compliance with the Regulations and a new Regulation 10 on contravention and penalties that sets a fine for contravention not exceeding R1 000 000.

ICASA points out that four stakeholders, namely e.tv, MMA/SOS, SABC and MultiChoice submitted comments on the draft Regulations and indicated an interest in providing oral presentations at the hearing.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44657, ICASA called for comments on the application for the amendment of Transnet SOC radio frequency spectrum licence in the 450 – 470 MHz band.

The call was made in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.

Comment on the application is invited until 30 June 2021.