ICASA said it cannot consider the SABC’s request to urgently review “must-carry” regulations.
“ICASA wishes to advise that in developing any regulations, [it] is required by law to follow a prescribed and detailed process in line with principles of administrative justice and fairness,” it said.
“The process must involve engagement of all stakeholders through public consultation to afford all affected and impacted parties an opportunity to be heard.”
ICASA said the same process was followed during the development and implementation of the current must-carry regulations, and the SABC participated in that process.
“In this regard, the review of the Must Carry Regulations is not in the plan for the current financial year,” said ICASA.
“Therefore, the SABC’s request for this review can only be considered in line with the authority’s future planned programmes of performance and delivery of its mandate.”
The SABC had asked ICASA to review the regulations, as they allow MultiChoice to broadcast its channels on DStv for free.