The cash-strapped SABC is breathing a sigh of relief after SA’s communications regulator indicated its intention to repeal rules that allowed pay TV operators to carry the public broadcaster’s free-to-air channels for free.

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is holding hearings on so-called must-carry regulations that force pay-TV companies to carry the SABC’s free-to-air channels — SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 — to support universal access...

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