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SABC looks to scrap current TV licence regulations 

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The SABC has released a statement affirming its continued push to have the current TV licence regulations scrapped, which would see television holders paying more.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 9 June 2021, to circulate a statement detailing its presentation on the draft white paper on audio and audiovisual content services. In layman terms, the broadcaster is continuing its efforts to have the current regulatory systems of revenues earned by the public broadcaster scrapped, like the TV licence.

This marks the continued effort by the public broadcaster to have the governing bills on how the SABC earns money from the public amended to make it as competitive as that of paid subscription platforms, such as Netflix, Showmax and DStv. This would be through charging a household levy for homes with the ability to access the public broadcaster through any means, including the internet.

Despite the continued push, the statement noted, “Government should therefore retain SABC’s current statutory right to be supported by a direct levy that finances public interest content. While financial support for the public broadcaster is foundational to democracy, the SABC agrees that the design and collection of the levy must be amended and significantly improved.”

See the post below.

Sabelo Makhubo
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