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Digital Migration to Create Jobs - Pule

Communications Minister, Dina Pule, says the launch of digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) will create an opportunity for the local content industry to flourish.

Pule says that the government, “We expect that this sector will create various job opportunities and stimulate economic development."

Speaking at the annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum in Johannesburg, she added that signal distributor, Sentech, worked hard to have over 80 percent DTT coverage by March 2013.

e.tv Criticises Pule Over Digital Migration

Free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv is accusing communications Minister, Dina Pule, of misrepresenting the nature of the court ruling and implying that the free-to-air broadcasters are responsible for the delays in the migration to digital broadcasting from the aging analogue network.

The channel states that several solutions it proposed both during and after the litigation (including at this week’s meetings) which would allay many of the ministry’s concerns have not been taken into account by the ministry.

SABC Blacklisting Complaint Withdrawn

A complaint by the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) over the blacklisting of commentators has been withdrawn.
 
A public hearing by the Complaints Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) was to be heard on 12 November 2012.
 
According to advocate Nasreen Rajab-Budlender, who was acting for the FXI, "Parties were engaged in a settlement agreement and the FXI hereby withdraws its complaints."
 

Govt to Meet Digital Migration Deadline

The Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, says government is set to meet its 2013 deadline for digital migration, in line with the Amended Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Pule says the department is working with organisations such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Sentech for the soft launch of digital terrestrial television in the Northern Cape.

She believes that the soft launch will offer valuable lessons in preparation for the full commercial launch.

Inquiry into SABC Boardroom Squabbles

The Portfolio Committee on Communications says it will consider launching an inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boardroom squabbles.

This, after the committee heard allegations and recriminations from board members who have passed a vote of no confidence against board member Advocate Cawe Mahlati accusing her of a disruptive behaviour.

Meanwhile, Mahlati is of the view that the board's actions against her are meant to muzzle her efforts to uncover what she claims is widespread corruption and maladministration within the board.

ICT Pulling Africa Out of Obscurity: Pule

The Department of Communications says South Africa is using information and communication technologies (ICT) to pull itself out of obscurity.

Communications Minister, Dina Pule, points out that the country’s information technology sector is a leader in the fields of electronic banking services, pre-payment, revenue management and fraud prevention systems, and in the manufacture of set-top boxes (STBs).

Digital Migration on Track, Says Pule

The Department of Communications has assured Parliament that the switch to digital television broadcasting is on track.

Communications Minister, Dina Pule, pointed out that the department is on course on the digital terrestrial television (DTT), adding that ‘substantial progress’ had been made during the past financial year towards implementation of the broadcasting digital migration policy.

SA Ready to Launch Digital Migration Programme

The Department of Communications says that it is all systems go for rolling out the digital migration programme, however, R2.5 billion funds will be needed.

Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, says that government will subsidise about five million poor households to receive digital signals.

Pule, who is optimistic that the digital migration project will be launched in the third quarter of 2012, adds that the South African Broadcasting Corporation will play a major role and that one million jobs will be created.

ICASA Criticised Over TopTV’s ‘Adult’ Channels

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has overstepped its mark in terms of the degree to which it could interfere with TopTV’s content decisions.

Commenting on ICASA’s decision to reject TopTV’s request for permission to air three ‘adult’ channels, Craig Wilson, asks: “...how is it that the free-to-air e.tv for years showed precisely the sort of content TopTV wants to offer without so much as a regulatory slap on the wrist?”

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