The SABC has asked ICASA to review regulations that allow MultiChoice to broadcast its channels on DStv for free.
The “must-carry” regulations ensure all subscription broadcasters with over 30 channels include SABC 1, 2, and 3 in their packages.
New SABC chair Bongumusa Makhathini said the must-carry regulations have negatively impacted the SABC.
Makhathini said the regulations are contrary to the enabling legislation, which provides for commercial negotiations between broadcasters. The SABC currently offers its channels at no cost to the broadcasters.
“The regulations seemed to be drafted on the basis that the must-carry obligation was an onerous one for subscription broadcasters. The SABC will demonstrate in the public process that, on the contrary, the SABC must-carry channels have commercially benefited MultiChoice Africa at the expense of the public broadcaster.”
Makhathini said SABC 1, 2, and 3 are among the most-watched channels on DStv.
The SABC has proposed amendments to two sub-regulations to allow it to negotiate a price for its channels.