THE South African Broadcasting Corporation raked in close to a billion rand in television licence fees last year, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda said, according to a report on

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, he also revealed that the national broadcaster – much criticised in recent months for its programming – attracted 644 253 new licensed viewers during the 2008/09 financial year.

"Television licence collections for the 2008/09 financial year (April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009) amounted to R972-million," he said.

In terms of the Broadcasting Act, television licence revenue had to be used solely to fund the SABC's public service broadcasting (PSB) mandate.

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