Icasa to regulate sports broadcast in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is targeting the end of September to release the final sports broadcast regulations for 2020.

Icasa wants to amend the sports broadcasting services regulations so that sporting events of national interest receive live or delayed live or delayed coverage on free-to-air television.

Events included in the proposed compulsory category for free-to-air are the Olympic Games‚ Paralympics‚ Fifa World Cup‚ Africa Cup of Nations (men and women)‚ Rugby World Cup‚ ICC Cricket World Cup.

“We are hoping that as the authority‚ we will be able to publish the final regulations of 2020 by the end of September‚” Icasa councillor Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa.

Gongxeka-Seopa added that before Icasa release the final and binding regulations in September there will be another round of hearings between May and June for the public and interested stakeholders to make their final inputs to the draft regulations.

“Around June this year‚ we will publish the final draft of the regulations and the public will be offered the opportunity to have their say‚” she said.