The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced the re-opening of the licensing process for community television broadcasting services and related radio frequency spectrum licences.
The regulator has encouraged geographic communities and communities of interest to foster and support applications to provide valuable community broadcasting services relevant to their needs.
Icasa has also encouraged broadcasters to study the ITP-R, the Community Broadcasting Services Regulations 2019 (Government Gazette No. 42323), and other relevant regulations listed in the ITP-R.
To ensure that the process runs smoothly, the regulator also mentioned that it will conduct workshops to fully unpack the ITP-R’s requirements and assist communities with a complete understanding of its requirements.
However, the dates for these proposed workshops have not been announced.
ICASA also notes that the 30th of June 2022 marked the closing date for the receipt of applications for the licensing process for community sound broadcasting services and related radio frequency spectrum licences.
Adv. Luthando Mkumatela, ICASA Councillor, said, “We would like to thank all stakeholders who submitted their applications. We look forward to reviewing all applications received.”
The regulator is committed to ensuring that interested communities are awarded licences that will see communities and their aspiring broadcast media service providers fully empowered and that the various local platforms reflect the issues and views, cultures, and beliefs of diverse communities across the country.
The closing date for applications is 12 January 2023.