Do you pay your TV license?
The SABC would have you believe that the fee goes towards the betterment and upkeep of its plethora of visual and audio stations, but its recent financial mismanagement has fewer people paying their licenses than ever before – and that’s saying something.
Now, according to a Channel24 report, SABC CEO James Aguma wants South Africans to pay a TV license for their mobile devices, too.
Speaking before Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, the broadcaster’s boss told members that his company wants to see changes made to the Broadcasting Act to extend the fee to all devices used to watch content.
While the majority of South Africans still rely on terrestrial television signals for their daily infotainment, government’s plan to digitise TV signals is already in motion.
Perhaps more pressingly than that is the growing trend of streaming and downloading, newer industries that will only develop further as SA’s internet infrastructure improves.
Aguma believes that this move could potentially help turn the sinking state broadcaster around, but considering how many people actually pay their TV licenses, that seems highly unlikely.