– Written Submissions

NAB Submission on the Introduction of a Regulatory Framework for Subscription Broadcasting in South Africa

On 23 April 2004 the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ("the Authority") published (under Government Notice726 of 2004 in Government Gazette No.26289) a Discussion Paper on Subscription Broadcasting ("the Discussion Paper"), with a view to generating comment from all stakeholders on the introduction of a regulatory framework for subscription broadcasting in South Africa. view full article


The NAB has been part of the consultative process to develop the draft Convergence Bill since the process started in 2003. The NAB therefore also wishes to thank the Department of Communications (“the Department”) for its efforts in ensuring broad industry involvement in the drafting of the Convergence Bill. view full article

NAB Submission to ICASA on the Position Paper on Ownership and Control

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”). view full article view full article

NAB Submission to the DoC on the Draft Convergence Bill

Convergence means different things to different people and in different contexts. This, however, should not serve as an excuse not to define the concept in the context convergence legislation. Indeed, because of the inherent ambiguity of the convergence concept, there is an immense need to explore and articulate the policy objectives of regulating for convergence. However, apart from the recognition of convergence as inevitable in various policy documents (White Paper on Telecommunications Policy para 2.5, White Paper on Broadcasting Policy chapter 7 and para 11.3, and Green Paper on E-Commerce chapter 9), there has been no specific policy articulated as to the appropriate regulatory response to the inevitable process of convergence. view full article

NAB Submission on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill

This document makes a number of proposals with regard to the proposed amendments to the Films and Publications Act (“The Act”). The document not only addresses issues that relate directly to broadcasters. It goes wider, since it is submitted that the Bill touches on the climate of freedom of expression, which includes the right to receive and impart information as guaranteed. view full article

NAB Submission on the ICASA Discussion Papers on Regional and Local Television

The NAB believes that the social goals set out in the Broadcasting Act, such as empowerment, diversity of services, universal access, and growth of local content, cannot be achieved without a thriving and a growing industry. It is therefore imperative that ICASA balance its social objectives with ensuring the viability and growth of the South African Broadcasting Industry. The NAB submits that it is not opposed to the licensing of LTV broadcasters or RTV broadcasters, and acknowledges the statutory requirements placed on ICASA in this regard. It is the NAB’s view however that ICASA must proceed with caution. view full article


In Notice 2066 published in Government Gazette 25280 dated 31 July 2003, The Media Development and Diversity Agency (“MDDA”) published its Proposed Regulations in terms of section 22 of the Media Development and Diversity Agency Act, 2002 (“MDDA Act”). Interested parties were invited to submit written representations on the Proposed Regulations to the MDDA within 30 days of the publication of the notice. The Proposed Regulations is a preliminary step towards the MDDA fulfilling its obligations in terms of the objects of the MDDA Act.

The full submission is available on request. view full article

NAB`s submission to ICASA discussion paper on Low Power Sound Broadcasting.

The NAB urges ICASA to take a holistic approach to the licensing of low power sound broadcasters and take into consideration the effect that a multitude of low power services might have on the radio sector. It is the NAB`s view that the licensing of full programming spectrum low power sound broadcasters requires careful consideration and should not be done hastily. view full article



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