The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has called for public comment on the Draft White Paper on Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa 2020
37828 participants (closed 15 February)
[CLOSED] Have your say – shape this draft proposal.
A draft White Paper on Audio and Visual Content Services was released by the department of Communications and Digital Technologies in September which paves the way for the SABC to “delegate the collection of the payment of television licence fees to other persons.”
IN THE MEDIA
- [listen] ChaiFM – New Blue Review with Benji Shulman (Rob Hutchinson as guest)
- IOL – It’s true, the SABC could soon force you to pay your TV licence through Netflix and DSTV
- Critical Hit – SABC to launch its own streaming service, giving it the power to charge a TV license for all smart devices
- BusinessTech – SABC wants TV licences for smartphones, tablets and computers
- TimesLIVE – ‘We cannot let the SABC die’ — exec speaks out on TV licences and saving the public broadcaster
- GO! – Readers not impressed with new SABC proposal
- Business Day – SABC wants help from MultiChoice and Netflix to collect licence fees
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