The NAB participated in oral representations before the Portfolio Committee on Communication on 29 October 2007. On of the key issues broadcasters objected to was the inclusion of the definition of “public entity” in the Bill. Including the definition of public entity in the Amendment Bill would give unintended results, as the NAB believed it is not the intention of the DoC to have all entities listed under schedule 2 and 3 of the PFMA to be governed by the EC Act.
ICASA published its Discussion Paper on the Review of Ownership and Control of Broadcasting Services and Existing Commercial Sound Broadcasting Licences in Notice 1825 published in Government Gazette 23873 dated 30 September 2002 (“the Discussion Paper”).
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