Call a phone a TV, it’s a matter of life or death


Call a phone a TV, it’s a matter of life or death

SABC says its lifesaving Covid awareness campaigns make the case for changing TV licence laws

The SABC is worth saving – and if it died, millions of South Africans would die with it.

This is according to Sylvia Tladi, the head of TV licences division, during an interview with TimesLIVE this week. She said it was vital that the embattled public broadcaster – often seen as being on life support owing to a crippling financial situation – was given a lifeline. Even if this meant finding ways to get people to pay their TV licences.

The SABC suggested in parliament last week that streaming and private satellite services such as Netflix and DStv should collect TV licence fees on its behalf. While this was negatively received by the public, Tladi said this was for the best as far as TV licence collection was concerned...

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