Carrim criticises broadcasters for delaying DTT rollout

South African Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim, has criticised the country’s broadcasters for constantly threatening and taking legal actions against the government rather than negotiating.

Recently, South African free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv, argued for the inclusion of STB Control, while MultiChoice argued against STB Control, and has reportedly struck a deal with the SABC which prevents the SABC from encrypting its signal on South Africa’s to-be-launched DTT platform.

Despite government’s attempts to strike a compromise by allowing broadcasters to decide whether they want to encrypt their signals or not, Carrim said that a broadcaster has threatened legal action. “We are five-and-a-half years behind schedule,” said Carim. “We will live in the dark ages if we don’t sort this out.”