Black Business Council calls for competition and media diversity in South Africa

The Black Business Council (BBC) has noted the lack of urgency in developments within the communications and media industry and is calling on the Government and the regulator to accelerate the introduction of media diversity and competition in the country.

Currently, along with the public broadcaster, there is only one free to air channel and one pay TV broadcaster with a monopoly. This is not healthy for economic growth, enriched debate and social cohesion.

To this effect, the BBC will be meeting with ICASA, Department of Communications and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to discuss ways of unlocking the release of the radio frequency spectrum, digital migration, convergence, media diversity and competition that reflects all South Africans and inform the psyche of what it means to be South African.

In emphasising the importance of the matter, Sandile Zungu, BBC President said “Information and Technology Communication sector is very critical to us as it serves as a backbone and platform of all the sectors in the economy and as such, competitive business practices should be demonstrated in instances where an attempt is made to bring new players who will enhance diversity of ownership and views as well as enhance competition”

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