The SABC’s fight with Sentech over tariffs is going from a skirmish to a full-blown public confrontation. The stakes couldn’t be higher – for both sides.
The SABC and eMedia Investments have inked a channel carriage agreement that will see the public broadcaster supplying Openview with six television channels – SABC 1, 2 and 3 and three new channels.
Broadcasters, working with the ministry of communications & digital technologies, have begun switching off analogue terrestrial television transmitters in the Free State.
The SABC wants a government proposal that it be required to distribute its television programming exclusively through Sentech scrapped, warning that it’s already being disadvantaged by “monopoly” pricing.
I let out a cynical laugh while watching President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver his state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday evening. By Duncan McLeod.
The department of communications & digital technologies has embarked on a process to merge some of its entities in line with a plan to rationalise state entities.
The SABC has told parliament that it simply cannot afford to pay Sentech’s “prohibitive” fees for broadcast signal distribution and that these fees must be cut in half with immediate effect.
Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Tuesday that government is pressing ahead with a plan to merge state-owned enterprises Broadband Infraco and Sentech to form a state infrastructure company.
South Africa’s digital television migration project has once again come unstuck. Is it time to give up on the project altogether? By Duncan McLeod.
South Africa will complete its digital migration project by 2022 at the earliest, the acting government director-general with operational oversight of the project said in an exclusive interview with TechCentral.