The SABC says that a regulation is needed to ensure that pay-TV providers like Multichoice and Netflix to collect TV licenses on the public broadcaster’s behalf. Deputy Communications Minister Pinky Kekana says that the SABC believes that the outdated definition of TV license must be adapted to fit current technologies.
She addressed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications today. The Deputy Minister says that TV licenses could be expanded to include other devices and not only televisions. Kekana says that people using smartphones to consume content should not be exempt from this.
The SABC is looking at retrenching staff in a bid to ensure that it stays afloat. But unions have accused the public broadcaster’s board of seeking profits and bonuses over the well-being of its staff.