JOHANNESBURG– More than 100 community radio stations in South African may soon have to go off the air because of their non-payment of signal distribution fees to Sentech, the company which offers signal distribution services to most of the country’s licensed broadcasters.
Sentech says the delinquent stations owe it a total of 30 million Rand (about 2.5 million US dollars). There are 134 community radio stations on the company’s platform, but only 26 of them are in good standing, says
Sentech spokesperson Milisa Kentane.
Kentane says the company has already pulled the plug on 17 stations. These arrears have been going on for a very long time, some for over thirty months,” adds Kentane.
“We have been sending communication out to those community broadcasters indicating arrears and requesting payments. In November 2017, we sent letters of final demand indicating that if payments are not made then Sentech will have to switch (them) off.
The switch-off actually commenced on April 9, 2018.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK