Hosken Asks S. Africa Regulator for e-tv to Exit Prime-Time News

South Africa’s e-tv channel, owned by Hosken Consolidated Investments Ltd. and one of two free-to-air broadcasters, has asked the country’s telecommunications regulator for permission to stop airing news during peak-viewing time.

The company applied to change its license and the application has been released for public comment, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa spokesman Paseka Maleka said in an e-mailed response to questions on Thursday.

If the request is successful, public broadcaster SABC will be the only provider of free-to-air news during prime-time viewing.

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