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.”