Minister’s budget speech points to possible new broadcast licences

16 May 2002
The Minister also stated that the provision of radio services in areas where regional services were not licensed during the previous round of licensing would be looked at.

The Minister noted that the process to corporatise and reposition BOP Broadcasting and Channel Africa was well underway and that by June this year a report would be presented to Cabinet on the options for the repositioning of these two services.

In her comments on the broadcasting industry the Minister noted the role broadcasting can play in instilling values, a culture of rights and responsibility and a new South African identity.

“Our society needs a broadcasting sector that contributes to a social discourse that acknowledges our responsibility to each other, to society and to our country and continent and that prioritizes issues of national interest”.

The Minister also noted that the parliamentary programme for the year would include the introduction to Cabinet and Parliament of the Convergence Bill. This will deal with the convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications, information technologies and new media.



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