The SABC's new board wants DStv to pay to carry its channels on its pay-television platform.
Since its inception, DStv has been able to offer the channels free of charge in terms of so-called “must-carry” regulations.
SABC board member, Michael Markovitz, says the new board would like Icasa to urgently review the regulations that were made in 2008 allowing MultiChoice to carry SABC channels at no cost.
Unfortunately the regulations stipulated that it should be for free and we've taken it on the chin that for eight years the SABC did nothing about it. The fact is, if something is, and nothing has been done about it for eight years, doesn't make it right.— Michael Markovitz, SABC board member
We are a new board and we trying to make sure that all regulations and contracts that inhibits the public broadcaster's viability need to be reviewed.— Michael Markovitz, SABC board member
We are not saying how much DStv must pay. All we are saying is make the regulations in compliance with the law and subject to commercial negotiations.— Michael Markovitz, SABC board member
Markovitz says the top five most watched shows are from the SABC and the notion that subscription TV has made the SABC a huge favouritr by carrying its channels is totally wrong.
All we are saying is that the regulations should be subject to commercial negotiations, says Markovitz.
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