The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) CEO, James Aguma has now stressed that the broadcasting act should be amended. Speaking during Pparliament’s portfolio committee meeting on Wednesday Aguma wants South Africans to pay for a TV licence when they buy a mobile phone, computer or tablet.
The SABC rightly, are looking for alternative sources of funding but to come out with that idea and think that you must just change the broadcasting act is not appropriate.— William Bird, Executive Director for Media Monitoring Africa
William Bird, Executive Director for Media Monitoring Africa says Aguma's additional recommendation to have Dstv collect license payment would be highly inappropriate.
There are a number of alternative options that can be explored says Birds and it will be difficult for the public broadcaster to track and police the payment of TV licenses.
It is not a well thought through plan.— William Bird, Executive Director for Media Monitoring Africa
Bird suggests the SABC come up with better options to raise funds and manage the payment of TV licenses.
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This article first appeared on 702 : If James Aguma had his way you'd be paying a TV license for your mobile device