Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CTV calls for freedom of the airwaves

By Kim Saulse
25 November 2009

About a hundred people joined Cape Town TV as they marched to parliament today where they handed a memorandum to Ishmael Vadi, chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Communications.

Central to the protest were the costs involved in broadcasting as a community station.

CTV says that they are charged commercial rates for transmission facilities by the state owned signal provider Sentech.

Recently CTV was forced to go off air because they could not afford to pay transmission costs to Sentech.

CTV is also demanding that community TV is protected during and after the migration to digital terrestrial television.

Other demands include that Sentech provides CTV with a good quality signal and transmission for free or at a reduced rate.

They also want a frequency allocated to carry the channel when ICASA licenses a new cell phone TV operator next year.


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