ICASA Targets New Regulations

19 Mar 2020

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is targeting the end of September to release the final sports broadcast regulations for 2020.

ICASA wants to amend the sports broadcasting services regulations so that sporting events of national interest receive live, ‘delayed live’, or delayed coverage on free-to-air television.

Events included in the proposed compulsory category for free-to-air are the Olympic Games‚ Paralympics‚ FIFA World Cup‚ Africa Cup of Nations (men and women)‚ Rugby World Cup‚ and ICC Cricket World Cup.

Also‚ International Boxing Federation events‚ national netball‚ the Commonwealth Games and IAAF athletics events where a senior national team or an individual is representing the country.

“We are hoping that as the authority‚ we will be able to publish the final regulations of 2020 by the end of September‚” ICASA Councillor Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa told TimesLIVE.

Last year in May ICASA held public hearings on the draft amendment regulations, where the Premier Soccer League‚ SA Football Association‚ SA Rugby‚ Boxing SA‚ Netball South Africa and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee made presentations.

They were joined by among others by the SA Cricketer’s Association‚ SA Football Players Union and broadcasters the SABC‚ MultiChoice‚ e.tv and Kwese Sports.

Most of the bodies argued during the hearings that the proposed regulations would ‘kill’ sport in the country as they rely heavily on money they generate from selling television rights.

Gongxeka-Seopa added that before ICASA release the final and binding regulations in September, there will be another round of hearings between May and June for the public and interested stakeholders to make their final inputs to the draft regulations.