CLASSIFICATION OF BROADCASTING SERVICES
This Chapter emphasises the need to adopt a more comprehensive approach to 30
broadcasting and broadcasting services to be in line with international practices and
Part 1: Broadcasting licences
- (I) Any person who intends to provide a broadcasting service, including 35
distribution services whether satellite or terrestrial, or any other form of distribution
which offer programming to the public is required to obtain a licence in accordance with
the conditions which the Authority may determine from time to time.
(2) A broadcasting service existing at the commencement of this Act, upon application
to the Authority for a broadcasting licence, is deemed to have the necessary permission 40
to continue its activities for a period not exceeding six months from the commencement
of this Act or until such time as the Authority has decided on the licence application and,
in the event of a decision to grant the application, has issued such licence.
(3) This section must not be construed to mean that a broadcaster licensed or
authorised to provide service to a foreign country by the appropriate authority and 45
whose signal is incidentally received in South Africa, is required to hold a licence in
(4) The Authority may attach prescribed conditions to an authorisation or licence.
(5) No person may provide a broadcasting service unless such service is provided in
accordance with a broadcasting licence issued to that person by the Authority. 50
(6) Each channel provided in a multi-channel environment must be authorised by the
Authority upon application by the person offering a broadcasting service to the public.
(7) Any channel carried by a broadcasting service at the commencement of this Act,
upon application to the Authority for authorization, is deemed to have the necessary
permission to continue its activities unless the Authority decides anything to the
Classes of licences
- (l) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Authority may, on such conditions as
it may determine, issue a sound or television broadcasting service licence for a specified 5
area in the following broadcasting service categories:
(a) A public broadcasting service;
(b) a commercial broadcasting service; and
( c) a community broadcasting service.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the broadcasting licences are categorised in 10
the following classes:
(a) Free-to-air radio service;
(b) free-to-air television service;
( c) satellite-free-to-air radio service;
( d) satellite-free-to-air television service; 15
( e) satellite-subscription televison service;
(f) terrestrial-subscription television service;
( g) direct-to-home deli very service, including multi-channel satellite distribution;
(h) local delivery service;
( i) cable television subscription service; 20
(j) low power radio service; and
(k) any other class of licence as determined from time to time.