ICASA new pay-TV licence holders

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed the winning bidders of the new commercial satellite and cable subscription broadcasting licences.

The only surprise was the withdrawal of Sentech from the race, as it was expected that pay-television giant MultiChoice would win and so would Telkom Media which is expected to be MultiChoice's biggest rival. Other winners are e.tv's e.sat, On Digital Media and Walking on Water.

Icasa councillor Zwelisa Masizsa said the authority took into account factors such as ownership and control, the applicant's general history, finance, market research, programming and technology information.

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