The SABC has not applied to cancel prime time news

ICASA said the SABC has not formally applied to have its licensing obligations amended.

This follows a statement from the DA that the SABC has requested for its broadcast licence to be changed to remove the requirement that it show news during prime time.

According to the DA, the SABC made the request during public hearings on Etv’s application to have its licensing conditions amended.

Etv submitted an application to have its licence amended in April, and the hearings were conducted on 25 October.

“English news bulletins in prime time have seen a rapid decline in ratings across all free-to-air channels over the last few years,” said Etv.

“As a commercial broadcaster generating most of its revenue in prime time, this presents serious revenue challenges.”

The SABC’s presentation requested that all free-to-air broadcasters have their licensing conditions ammended, said the DA.

“ICASA would like to put it on record that there is no application before it requesting an amendment to the licence conditions of the SABC in respect of prime time news on television,” it said.

“The only application before ICASA is the one received from Etv.”

ICASA said post-hearing analysis of Etv’s application in ongoing. It will make its decision once the process has been concluded.

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The SABC has not applied to cancel prime time news