Unpacking the eTV court challenge

Published On November 20, 2015 | By SOS Coordinator | Campaign, Media / Press Release, News

The battle between free-to-air broadcaster eTV and the Communications Ministry will continue as the broadcaster was granted leave to appeal earlier this month.

The new ruling by Judge Bill Prinsloo in the Pretoria High Court means that ETV is certified to take it’s fight against the digital migration policy set out by the government to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

etv took Department of Communications minister, Faith Muthambi, to court over the issue of using non-encrypted set-top boxes in the switch from analogue to digital television.

In a recent interview SOS Coalition coordinator Sekoetlane Phamodi unpacked what the migration process means and the issue of encryption as well as why eTV is against the proposed digital migration policy.

Voice of the Cape: The Drivetime Show with Shafiq Morton.


The matter will now be moving on to the Supreme Court of Appeals and will further delay the digital migration process. South Africa is currently behind the migration schedule having missed the June 17 deadline.

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About The Author

Duduetsang is an avid digital media lover and lifelong scholar who is fascinated by the dynamic media space. Duduetsang had her formal training in television journalism at the University currently known as Rhodes, and has various experiences in broadcast media production and corporate communications. She completed her MBA in Media Management at Cardiff University. Her activist discontents include socio-economic and gender based inequality and sexual violence while her intellectual interests lie in media strategy, policy and development in the convergent, digital era, especially in the African context. She joined SOS as a Project Coordinator and recently took over as the National Coordinator.

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