Wednesday, 15 September 2010

[creative-radio] INDIA: Sentech gives dead air to deadbeat radio: Community Radio Forum says none of their stations were shut off


Sentech gives dead air to deadbeat radio
September 16, 2010

By Asha Speckman

RT @creative_radio: INDIA: Sentech cuts off deadbeat radio National Community Radio Forum says none of their
stations were shut off


Sentech, which is battling for funding to stay afloat, escalated its fight
with clients that were behind on payments by shutting down the
broadcasting signal distribution services of about 40 customers yesterday.

Sentech refuses to name the defaulters. It is understood, however, that
among the defaulters are Tshwane University of Technology's campus radio
station, owing Sentech about R4 000 on a 30-day period; Ubuhleshowe in
Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, owing R211 000 - the most debt owed by a community
radio station; and the radio station Vukani in Cala, Eastern Cape, owing
R16 500.

Sonnyboy Masingi, the chairman of the National Community Radio Forum
(NCRF), said last night he was not aware of any stations that were shut

"We know that there are some stations owing Sentech, but it's not
something that can necessitate the closure of signal to these stations. On
my side I see this as a public relations exercise and a cover-up of their
own problems," said Masingi.

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