Broadcast Regulation

Aug 05, 2020  |  Nigeria: Controversial Broadcasting Regulation Officially Presented To Public - Despite Industry Outcry!

The Nigerian authorities have been accused of ignoring the legitimate opposition of a cross-section of the broadcast media this industry when it went ahead to officially launch the country's new National Broadcasting Code - the sixth version.   On Tuesday, ...


Jul 27, 2020  |  Zimbabwe: "New TV Licenses Will Help Liberalise Our Broadcasting Airways" - Govt Minister

Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ms Monica Mutsvanga has indicated that the government is ready to award six new television broadcasting licenses to help it achieve its goal of further liberalising the Zimbabwean broadcasting airways.   According ...


Jul 08, 2020  |  Tanzania: TCRA Moves To Ban Online TV Station Over "Misleading News"

The broadcasting regulator in Tanzania - the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authorities (TCRA) has suspended a local internet-based TV station for relaying information that the government of Tanzania find inaccurate and misleading.   TCRA's Content Committee alleged that Kwanza Online TV ...


Jul 07, 2020  |  NBC Battles To Keep Nigeria's New Broadcasting Code Going - Fiasco Intensifies

In Nigeria, the controversy surrounding the amended broadcasting code - the set of regulations governing the broadcast media industry -took a new turn with the reported infighting between the organisation's board members and the management of the National Broadcasting Commission ...


Nigeria: "Suspend The Implementation Of Broadcasting Code" - IBAN

Mr Guy Murray-Bruce, the secretary for the Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN), has issued a statement on behalf of the association calling for the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to put on hold its implementation of the amended 6th ...

Nigeria: Govt Orders Multichoice To Reverse Price Hike, Might Impose Pay-Per-View Charging

The BMA has consistently tracked and reported on the market dynamics in the Nigerian pay-TV sector, as it involves the market leader Multichoice DStv. It now appears that the Nigerian government is ready, via possible regulation, to impose a pay-per-view ...

Nigeria: Fallout As Protests Rage Over 'Controversial' Broadcasting Code - Regulator In Defensive Mode

There have been angry protestations by some members of the electronic and broadcast media industry in Nigeria over provisions of the recently released Broadcasting Code.   Media operators seem unhappy with the tenets of the new regulatory initiatives. They have ...

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Says Sports Rights Exclusivity To Cease

The Nigerian broadcast industry regulator - National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has made it clear it will be seeking to break the decades-old monopolistic sports broadcast rights structure in Nigeria.   The NBC re-affirmed that further to the provision of the ...

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Decries ‘Unwholesome Free Satellite Transmissions

In Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (the agency that regulates its broadcast media industry) has issued a warning against unwholesome free satellite transmission in the country.   According to a statement, the commission said it has, in recent times, observed ...

South Africa: ICASA’s Local Content Quota Exemption Receives Luke-Warm Response From Producers’ Organisation - Reports

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) decision to exempt TV broadcasters from local content quotas during the COVID-19 national lockdown could destroy the sector, which is already struggling during this time, and also contradicts the government’s appeal to ...

Malawi: Civil Society Organisations Take Legal Action Against Public Broadcaster MBC - Reports

Malawi’s Civil society organisations (CSOs) are reportedly demanding immediate suspension of the provision of broadcasting services by the nation’s public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for allegedly beaming on its TV foul language against the State Vice President Dr Saulos ...

Nigeria: Govt Grants Two-Month Licence Fee Waiver To Broadcast Stations Amid COVID-19 - Reports

Nigeria’s Federal Government has granted a two-month licence fee waiver to terrestrial broadcast stations as part of its various efforts to ease the negative effect of the global coronavirus pandemic on the broadcast sector in the country. The nation’s Minister ...

Zambia: Govt Urges Prime TV To Make New Application For Its Broadcasting License – Reports

Zambia’s government has reportedly urged the privately-owned TV station Prime TV to submit a new application for its broadcasting license. The Permanent Secretary of Zambia’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, Amos Malupenga, said that this is because the shutdown ...

South Africa: ICASA Exempts SABC From Local TV Content Quotas

When South Africa entered the national COVID-19 lockdown in March, many local production houses were forced to shut down for the foreseeable future. A direct result of this is that the SABC no longer has access to the production houses ...