Deadline extended for comments on National Public Broadcasting Services

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has taken a decision to extend the deadline for the submission of written comments on the National Public Broadcasting Services.

“The decision follows a number of requests for a deadline extension from the industry and interested parties,” a statement issued by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said on Thursday.

The new deadline is 31 August.

Prior to the extension, interested parties were invited to make written comments by no later than 10 August 2018.

“In addition, the Department of Communications, jointly with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), will host a two-day Public Broadcasting Review Colloquium,” GCIS said.

Written submissions received on the review of the National Public Broadcasting Service and outcomes from the two-day colloquium will form part of the finalisation of the Public Broadcasting Policy review. 

The objectives of the colloquium, among others, are as follows:

•             Review the roles and social obligations of the SABC in the coming years and in the context of an evolving digital environment;

•             Critically examine the strategic challenges and opportunities facing the SABC over the five-year period from 2019 to 2023;

The department will communicate the date of the colloquium in due course. –