DStv is too pricey —Icasa can­di­date

Business Day - - NATIONAL - Ba­balo Ndenze

A former e.tv em­ployee seek­ing a seat on the board of com­mu­ni­ca­tions reg­u­la­tor the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity of SA (Icasa) wants DStv to make its sub­scrip­tions cheaper.

Natalie Del­port‚ who in 2016 left e.tv owner Sabido‚ said this when in­ter­viewed by MPs who are look­ing to fill three va­can­cies on the Icasa board.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from EFF MP Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi‚ Del­port agreed there was a mo­nop­oly in the pay-TV space, which needed to be tack­led.

Del­port said her views on pay-TV were “split” be­cause it was a bril­liant busi­ness con­cept, but had a mo­nop­oly prob­lem.

“I think more can be done to share the ben­e­fits that pay-TV [of­fers]. I’d be say­ing‚ ‘Koos [Bekker, chair­man of Naspers] ‚ I think you need to make the DStv bou­quet more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able.’

“In the pay-TV space, I think there is mo­nop­oly and some­thing can be done about that‚” said Del­port.

An­other board can­di­date‚ Them­beka Se­mane‚ spoke to the com­mit­tee about high data costs. Should she be ap­pointed to Icasa’s board‚ she would want to help re­duce these costs, Se­mane said.

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