[By Kgomotso Moncho]
Umoya Communications recently applied for a change in their license conditions. And in their general notice, in the Government Gazette on December 19, 2012, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) acknowledged in terms of section 10(2) of the Electronic Communication Act No 36 of 2005 (“the Act”) the receipt of an application by Umoya Communications (PTY) Ltd, broadcasting as Algoa FM, for the amendment of its license conditions in terms of section 10(1) of the Act.
Algoa FM proposes the amendments to its broadcasting service license to broadcast at least 30 minutes of news on average per day calculated across a seven day period from Monday to Sunday, instead of being obliged to broadcast at least 30 minutes of news everyday from Monday to Sunday. Speaking on behalf of the station, Algoa FM’s Managing Director, Dave Tiltmann said, “Algoa FM took a decision to reduce their amount of news to be broadcasted on the weekend for a number of reasons including; firstly to improve its news service during the working week by increasing the number of news bulletins during the working week and particularly local and regional news content; and from an editorial point of view; to address a lower flow of news on the weekends. At the same time as reducing news coverage over weekends, Algoa FM has decided to increase news coverage during the week. The net result is that Algoa FM will exceed its current obligation to broadcast 30 minutes of news per day by more than 15 minutes per day across five days during the week and will only provide 10 minutes of less news per day over a weekend.”
ICASA’s general notice stipulates that the application is available for interested parties during the Authority’s normal office hours at the ICASA library, Block D, Pinmill Farm, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton. Interested persons are invited to make written representations on the proposed amendments to the Authority within 21 days of the publication of this notice in the Government Gazette.
Those who submit representations are required to provide proof to the satisfaction of the Authority that a copy of the representations submitted has been delivered by hand to Dave Tiltmann, at Shop 2, The Boardwalk, Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6001 or sent by registered post t P.O Box 5973, Walmer, 6065, or faxed to 041 583 1575.
Algoa FM is entitled to respond in writing to written representations made by interested persons on the proposed amendments. Any such written response must be submitted to the Authority within 14 days from the closing date of the representations.
Algoa FM must, at the time of submitting its written response, prove to the Authority that it has delivered a copy of the response by hand, or sent a copy of the response by registered mail or by fax to the relevant persons having made written representations.
Lastly the notice stipulates that all written representations, responses and other correspondence regarding the proposed amendment must be directed to Ms Botse Matlala at Broadcasting Service Licensing Unit, at Block D, Pinmill Farm, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg or Private Bag X10002, Sandton, 2146 or by fax number, 011 566 3206 or by email: email@example.com
Algoa FM is the biggest commercial regional radio station from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast on 94 – 97FM.
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