Bird said there seemed to be no incentive to fund the SABC. “There’s no plan, no thought of ‘this is how we’re going to do it’, and it defies logic unless there are some non-public interest ends at play.”

He said the bill made him think of the movie Blast from the Past, in which a naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter and acts as if nothing in the world had changed. “There is almost no reference to digital changes in the bill – it’s unspeakably outdated,” he said.

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