In the context of must-carry/must-share, some new rules regarding ‘discoverability’ and ‘findability’ of public interest content will be introduced so that programmes seen to be of particular value for society, democratic, cultural or social reasons (like state funerals) can be found easily and accessed on all platforms, whether they are linear or on-demand (i.e. tv, radio, or other). A similar provision will apply for national sports events.
Sentech’s role is recognized and supported, it will continue to be the ‘common carrier’ for signal distribution for terrestrial and satellite platforms and the only provider of network services (transmission) for SABC on the mux and satellite platforms, which is at odds with the position that SOCs be rationalized (see below) and also at odds with the goal of promoting competition. The policy states that plurality of voices and diversity of programming in the public interest must be ensured by guiding principles of competition law, content regulation, and licence conditions. The Commission must exercise concurrent jurisdiction with ICASA in addressing market concentration and media plurality, according to the policy. It also seems that several of the provisions are aimed mainly at supporting SABC and Sentech.
1Formerly the word ‘unidirectional’ was used to describe one-to-many broadcasting, or traditional radio and tv broadcasting, from the broadcaster to all listeners/viewers.
2This is based on a mining sector comparison.
3This concept is considered to include size (multinational), audience size, or annual turnover – regardless of whether or not the entity uses or needs spectrum.