The revelation was made as Aguma, SABC executives and the SABC’s new interim board appeared before parliament’s portfolio committee on communications to brief members of parliament about the latest situation at the crisis-riddled public broadcaster and its revised corporate plan, according to reports by Channel 24.
The controversial public broadcaster is reportedly expecting a decrease in revenue from SABC TV licences this year. The supposed changes will see people having to pay a TV licence fee for their various devices which they view content on in an attempt to raise the revenue of the struggling parastatal.
The decrease in TV license revenue is arguable linked to the rise of the video-on-demand, digital broadcasting and video content chanelled through various devices. Currently South Africans are required to pay for devices that receive TV signal but as millions are turning to their computers, laptops, cellphones, tablets and other devices for content, the SABC licensing model is suffering
Aguma explained to parliament that if the suggested changes to the Broadcasting Act are made, it will allow for the expansion of the collection base for the SABC TV license and thus would the revenue from the licenses would increase as the public broadcaster could collect from this new income stream.
It is still unclear what other changes will be made and just how the changes will be implemented, but what the move does signal is a desperate play from the state enterprise to stop the bleeding.