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ICASA prepares for fair and equitable Election 2014 broadcast

Posted by radio On February - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on ICASA prepares for fair and equitable Election 2014 broadcast

With the date for the national and provincial government elections having been announced by the President recently, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is gearing itself up to ensure fair and equitable treatment of contesting political parties by broadcasting service licensees.

 

In that case, the Authority informs all stakeholders and the media about the publication of the final Regulations on Party Election Broadcasts, Political Advertisements, the Equitable Treatment of Political parties by Broadcasting Licensees. The regulations were published on 17 February 2014.

 

 

The regulations’ aim is to prescribe a framework and guidelines under which Party Election Broadcasts (PEBs) and Political Adverts (PAs) shall be conducted and carried by broadcasting service licensees during the 2014 national and provincial government elections.

 

The Authority would like to inform relevant stakeholders of how the process is going to unfold:

 

 

  • The Authority will receive the final list of contesting political parties from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in due course
  • Upon receipt of the list, the Authority will invite contesting political party representatives to a briefing session to allocate the PEB slots in accordance with the Formula as outlined in the Regulations on Party Election Broadcasts, Political Parties by Broadcasting Licensees
  • The public broadcaster and other broadcasting service Licensees who have indicated interest in transmitting PEBs will also be invited
  • The Council of ICASA will proclaim the Election Broadcast Period.
  • The Authority will therefore publish the PEB schedule in the government gazette within 2 days of the allocation of slots.

 

 

The Authority will ensure that extensive monitoring of election coverage in terms of the regulations and licence conditions of broadcasters is undertaken in that regard.
[Issued by: ICASA]

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New radio licences awarded by ICASA for secondary markets

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2014 Comments Off on New radio licences awarded by ICASA for secondary markets

[By: Radiobiz Reporter]

 

Kathrina Pillay, Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority, made public ICASA’s decision to render licences for sound broadcast in secondary markets. These markets are regionally in Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. She added that, “the licensing of additional commercial sound broadcasting services will also stimulate competition and provide choice and variety of radio services available to South Africans.”

 

ICASA’s crusade comes as a developmental strategy to “provide a platform for the expression of multiple views; providing entertainment; promoting information dissemination and education; strengthening social cohesion and giving a voice to various sections of the population”, says Pillay

 

 

The process began with the publication of an Invitation to Apply (ITA), on 2 February 2012, inviting applications for individual commercial sound broadcasting service licences in the secondary markets. The ITA stipulated that only one licence will be issued to the successful applicant in the Northern Cape and with another in the Eastern Cape.

 

Applications had to be submitted to the Authority by 27 June 2012. By the closing date, the Authority had received six applications in response to the ITA, five which include Motheo Media Technologies (Pty) Ltd, Seriti Broadcasting Company, Free Soul FM and Histotrim (Pty). The former three were later disqualified for lack for non-compliance with ITA requirements. The other application came from from Eastern Cape’s Histoprox (Pty) Ltd. No licence application was received in respect of the Northern Cape. The council’s ultimate decision was that that Histotrim (Pty) Ltd and Histoprox (Pty) Ltd be awarded licences.

 

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As the country and the world mourns the passing of the first democratically elected Former President Nelson Mandela, a number of international broadcasters will be descending into our shores for full coverage of the funeral.

 

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby advises all broadcasters to ensure that they have requisite radio frequency spectrum and type-approval licences when covering the upcoming state funeral of Former State President Nelson Mandela.

 

For the coverage of international special events, broadcasters usually bring communications equipment such as Satellite News Gathering (SNG) to relay their broadcasts to their respective international audiences.

 

The SNGs require a radio frequency spectrum licence to be allocated for this purpose and some video cameras with microphones and a wireless capability needs type-approval to ensure that there are no reported cases of interference with licensed services. The type-approval label has to be attached to the communication equipment.

 

In covering the funeral of the Former President, all international broadcasters will have to go through this standard licensing process for compliance purposes; and when a radio frequency spectrum licence is issued, the licensee is obliged to show it to ICASA inspectors as they continue to conduct routine monitoring and compliance duties.

 

The Authority’s website (www.icasa.org.za) has a dedicated link for Special Events licence application forms to enable international broadcasters to apply for requisite licence to cover such events. It should be noted that Special Events licences generally take two (2) days to be issued but the Authority will do everything to expedite such applications.

 

 

[Source:ICASA]

 

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ICASA appoints new CEO

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Johannesburg – The Chairperson and Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby informs all stakeholders and the media of the appointment of Mr  Pakamile Pongwana as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation starting from 01  November 2013.

 

Mr Pongwana is succeeding Mr Themba Dlamini who is completing his three-year term at the  end of October 2013.

 

The Chairperson and Council of ICASA would like to express their sincere gratitude to Mr  Themba Dlamini for his contribution to the successful operations of the Authority during his tenure; and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

[Issued by: ICASA]


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Johannesburg – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby gives notice to the media and stakeholders of the public hearings to be held in respect of the applications received for Individual Commercial Sound Broadcasting Service licences in both the Primary and Secondary Markets.

 

The Authority has received seven (7) applications for the Primary Markets of Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban while there were three (3) applications received for the Secondary Markets of Free State and Eastern Cape.

 

The public hearings on this matter will be held as follows:

 

 Date:    14 to 16 August 2013 (Primary Markets)

              22 to 23 August 2013 (Secondary Markets)

 

 Time: 09h00

 

 Venue: Block C Presentation Room (ICASA)

            164 Katherine Street

            Sandton

            2146

 

It is the Authority’s intention to award two Primary Markets licences on the Medium Wave Band to applicants in the geographical markets in Gauteng, two in the metropolitan areas of and around Durban and a further two licences in the metropolitan areas of and around Cape Town.

 

With regard to the Secondary Markets licensing process, it was the Authority’s intention to award one (1) licence to the successful applicant in the Northern Cape Province. Two (2) licences to the successful applicants in the Free State Province and One (1) licence to the successful applicant in the Eastern Cape Province.  However, there was no application received from the Northern Cape.

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Hopefully this time around the capable bidders will be awarded as ICASA  starts with the public hearings process to bring about the much needed competition within the commercial subscription broadcasting licences.

 

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby gives notice of the public hearings to be held in respect of the applications received for Individual Commercial Subscription Broadcasting Service licences.

 

This process follows the invitation to apply issued by the Authority in 2012 whereby the Authority received applications and dealt with related procedural matters relating to the applications including the requests for confidentiality in terms of the relevant legislation; and later published in the government gazettes for interested parties to make written representations and for applicants to provide responses thereof.

 

The Authority has received five (5) applications in respect of this process from Kagiso TV (Pty) Ltd, Siyaya Free to Air (Pty) Ltd, Mindset Media Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, Close-T Broadcast Network Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Mobile TV (Pty) Ltd. The hearings will be held as follows:

 

Venue : Block C Presentation Room (ICASA Head Office) 164 Katherine Street Pinmill Farm Sandton Date : 24 to 26 July 2013 Time : 09h00

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ICASA warns International Broadcasters

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Johannesburg – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) issued non-compliance warnings yesterday to a number of international broadcasting services for operating without the requisite radio frequency spectrum and type approval licences, including failure to produce a licence upon demand by Inspectors.

 

The non-compliance warnings were issued after ICASA inspectors picked up the transmission of unlicensed broadcasting signals in Arcadia, Pretoria from where the international broadcasters have been operating since the admission of former President Nelson Mandela in hospital last weekend. The affected international broadcasting services include Aljazeera, Sky News, CNN, BBC and the NBC.

 

For the coverage of international special events, broadcasters bring communications equipment such as Satellite News Gathering (SNG) to relay their broadcasts to international audiences.The SNG’s need a radio frequency spectrum licence to be allocated a frequency for this purpose, and some video cameras with micro-phones and a wireless capability need a Type Approval licence to make sure that they do not interfere with licensed operators. The type approval label has to be attached to the video camera and the micro-phones.

 

In the case of the coverage of former President Mandela’s admission to hospital, some of the broadcasters did go through the standard licensing application process that all broadcasters are required to comply with regard to special events of this nature.

 

They were broadcasting prior to their licence applications being approved which rendered their operations illegal. When the radio frequency spectrum licence is issued, the licensee is obliged to show it to ICASA’s Inspectors as they conduct routine monitoring and compliance duties.

 

The Authority issues Special Event licences for this purpose, and by end of business yesterday, several radio frequency spectrum and type-approval licences were already processed for approval to international broadcasting services.

 

The Authority’s website homepage has a dedicated link for Special Event licence application forms to enable international broadcasters to apply for requisite licences to cover events such as the previous held International Cricket 20/20, FIFA 2010 and Afcon 2013.

 

Following the issuance of non-compliance warnings yesterday, the Authority has received, and is busy processing a number of radio frequency spectrum and type-approval licence applications. These Special Event licences take a minimum of two days to be issued, and are valid for 30 days. Other licence applications were rejected as their reasons for the events were vague or non-existing.

 

The Authority is mindful of the fact that former President Mandela was admitted suddenly to hospital last week, and this resulted in a number of international broadcasters descending on our shores without making the necessary preparations and arrangements.

 

To this end, the Authority is always ready to help them in applying for the necessary frequency spectrum licences to broadcasting to international audiences.

 

[Issued by:ICASA]

 

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Johannesburg – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby notifies all interested stakeholders, applicants and media that the Authority is currently finalizing the analysis of applications, representations and responses in respect of the licensing of new Individual Commercial Broadcasting (Primary and Secondary Markets) and Subscription Broadcasting Services licensing processes.

 

In terms of the draft strategic plan which was recently presented to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications, the Authority plans to conduct public hearings and decide on the applications in the second quarter of the current financial year i.e. July to September 2013.

 

On 02 February 2012, the Authority published the Invitations To Apply (ITA) for Primary Markets on Medium Wave (MW) frequencies (Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban), Secondary Markets (Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape) as well as Subscription Broadcasting Services. Subsequently, the Authority received requests for extension of the closing date of the ITA for Secondary Market which was granted.

 

The Authority received applications and dealt with related procedural matters relating to the applications including the requests for confidentiality in terms of the relevant legislation; and published received applications on 07 December 2012 for interested parties to make written representations and for applicants to provide responses for a period of 51 days. The Authority has received written representations and some responses in respect of this process.

 

In lieu of the above process, the Authority would like to inform the public and applicants that this licensing process is still on track and that the details of the hearings and/or the process will be communicated in due course.

 

[Issued by: Icasa]

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[Issued by:Icasa]

 

The Authority hereby gives notice of public hearings in relation to application by On-Digital Media (Pty) Ltd (ODM), BROADCASTING AS Top TV for the authorisation of three video channels lodged in terms of regulation 3 of the Subscription Broadcasting Services Regulations of 2006.

The public hearings will be held as follows:

Venue:             Block C, ICASA, 164 Katherine Street, 
                             Pinmill Farm, Sandton, Gauteng.
Hearing Date: Thursday, 14 March 2013.

TIME

ITEM

PRESENTER

09h00-09h30 OPENING ADDRESS ICASA
09h30-10h00 Presentation-Channel Authorisation Top TV
 10h00-10h15 REPRESENTATIONSFamily Policy Institute PRESENTERPastor Errol Naidoo
10h15-10h30 African Christian Democratic Party Pasela Linda Yates
10h30-10h45 Free Society Institute Mr Jacques R
10h45-11h00 Doctors For Life Mr Coltman
11h00-11h15 Africa Christian Action Representative
11h15-11h30 South African Society for Sexuality Education Dr Nelia Louw

11h30-11h45

TEA BREAK

11h45-12h00 Shofar Christian Church Mr J Janse van Rensburg
12h00-12h15 Free Society Institute Active for Jesus Mr Kent Solomons
12h15-12h30 WoomaNetRadio Free Society Institute Mr van Heerden

12h30-13h30

LUNCH BREAK

13h30-14h15 RESPONSES Top TV
14h15-15h15 Questions and Answers ICASA
15h15-15h20 CLOSING ICASA

For more information, see ‘On-Digital Media’ Gazette No. 36204.

 

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ALGOA FM’S PLAN FOR THE NEWS IN ICASA’S HANDS

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[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: bmatlala@icasa.org.za

Algoa FM is the biggest commercial regional radio station from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast on 94 – 97FM.

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