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ICASA ANNOUNCES NEW BROADCAST LICENSE APPLICANTS

Posted by radio On December - 20 - 2012

Earlier this year ICASA issued invitations for applicants to provide commercial sound broadcasting in both primary and secondary markets. It also issued an invitation for interested parties to apply for Individual commerce subscription broadcast licenses.  This week the authority announced the receipt of these applications and has opened up the applications for inspection by all interested persons through written representations. It is based on these responses that the authority may decide to hold hearings with regards to the applications.

ICASA intends on awarding six licenses within the Primary Markets in line with the terms of the Primary Markets licensing process, two licenses to applicants in the geographical markets in Gauteng and two each in the metropolitan areas in and around Durban and Cape Town. In the Secondary Markets, the authority intends on awarding four licenses in four provinces. One license will be issued in the Northern Cape, two in the Free State and one in the Eastern Cape.  ICASA has announced that the frequencies to be licensed for Primary Markets are on the Medium Wave band.

In Secondary Markets, ICASA has received submissions from three applicants;  Histoprox (Pty) Ltd, Histotrim (Pty) Ltd and Atretone (Pty) Ltd. Simphiwe Madlose who is one of the founding executive directors of MSG Afrika Investment Holdings is listed as the contact person for Histotrim (Pty) Ltd.  MSG Afrika is part of the consortium that was awarded the Limpopo license in 2007 which led to the birth of Capricorn FM.

 One of the applications for commercial sound broadcasting licenses in primary markets has come from Capital Radio 604 Pty Ltd. A granting of this broadcast license would mean the resurrection of Capital Radio 604. The station started transmitting in December 1979 and was shut down in 1996.  Garnering support for the application through their website, it is targeting listeners in Kwa- Zulu Natal and Gauteng. The station is promising audiences’ music and content with broad appeal and independent news without fear or favour. To date, the petition to get Capital Radio back on air has been signed by 1193 people.  K2012010707 also submitted an application for a broadcast license in the Durban metropolitan area.

Other companies that have applied for sound broadcasting licenses in the Gauteng area are; Extriserve PTY Ltd, Ltd Simascape (Pty) Ltd and Main Street 1035 PTY Ltd. In Cape Town; Magic 828 (Pty) Ltd, and K2012010697 (Pty) Ltd has also expressed interest.

ICASA has also received five applications for Individual Commercial Subscription Broadcasting licenses from Kagiso TV (currently rebranding as Grounded Media), Mindset Media Enterprises, Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd, Siyaya TV, Close-T Broadcasting Network Holdings (Pty) Ltd.  Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd is planning on introducing a mobile television service in the country, if ICASA give the go ahead for a license, Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd will be the second company to offer mobile television services after MultiChoice introduced DStv Mobile.

The granting of licenses to many of these applicants will have a ripple effect on the ICT industry by posing competition to both PBS and Commercial offerings. The process is in the early stages and interested parties who will be submitting representations with regards to the applications have 30 working days. The clock has been ticking since the 11th of December 2012 and respondents will have twenty one days to respond to any submissions made regarding their applications

 

 

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