The NAB supports government’s intention to promote media development and diversity. The NAB hopes that this intervention will facilitate the support of existing community radio stations and that it will enable the promotion and establishment of further stations.
We have some brief comments and recommendations to make on the MDDA Bill.
The NAB stated that it wished to contribute to the Parliamentary process of the enactment of the Telecommunications Amendment Bill by placing its concerns regarding a number of provisions or omissions in the Bill in so far as they pertain directly or indirectly to broadcasting.
As a major stakeholder in the broadcasting and production industry, the NAB has considered the debates undertaken during the recent National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Indaba. The NAB would like to commend the NFVF for taking the initiative to hold the Indaba and consult the broader industry on future strategies for growing the local production industry.
On 26 April 2001, ICASA invited interested parties to give written input on the draft broadcast frequency plan and policy issues laid out in section 2 of the document. The National Association of Broadcasters welcomes the opportunity to make these written representations.
As a result of convergence, NAB members are already, and will continue to be, profoundly affected by telecommunications policy. It was with this in mind that the NAB responded to the Minister’s Telecomunications Directions
Although community radio has led the way in opening up South African airwaves, the sector has been beset by troubles. The difficulties in becoming financially sustainable have been compounded by the regulator’s resource constraints
The NAB spent a considerable amount of time preparing for Icasa’s local content review. This included a survey of broadcasters attitudes to and support of local content and an analysis of local content regulation internationally.