Icasa has refused five applications from companies seeking individual commercial free-to-air broadcasting licences.
Icasa said the parties were refused licences due to “non-compliance with the ITA and provisions of the ECA”.
The applicants were:
- Medo Investments
- Levoca 565 t/a Hola Media
- Infinity Media Network
- Rubicon Investments
- Change TV Network
Infinity Media Network owns ANN7 – the news channel with links to the Gupta family.
Icasa said the non-compliance related to foreign ownership; finances; ownership by historically-disadvantaged persons; and cross media ownership that exceeds the regulatory provisions.
“The Council of the Authority has taken a decision that it will issue a new Invitation to Apply for an Individual Commercial Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting Service Licence,” said Icasa.
“However, prior to the publication of a new ITA, the Authority plans to run workshops on how to compile an application.”