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Aynon Doyle was born on 7 May 1969 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He attended the Convent Primary School and Muir College Boy’s High School in Uitenhage and completed his graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Port Elizabeth (now known as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). He currently holds a Masters degree (MA) in Political Studies and is a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
Aynon is Head of Policy Analysis and Research, in the Regulatory Affairs department at MultiChoice South Africa and has been with the company since May 2006. He has provided regulatory support in due diligence processes in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America, as part of the MIH Group. Aynon’s main focus area currently is Digital Broadcasting Switchover. In South Africa, he was the chairperson for the Policy Working Committee of the Digital Broadcasting Migration Working Group, established by the Minister of Communications to make recommendations on a digital broadcasting switchover strategy. Aynon currently chairs the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Commercial Rules of Operation Joint Committee established by the national terrestrial broadcasters (SABC, etv, and M-Net) to draft a South African operations manual for the commercial roll-out of DTT in South Africa.
Aynon has in the past served on a number of government committees as an expert to assist with the development of South African policy and legislation (Electronic Communications Act, 2005, etc). He currently provides such technical expertise to the South African delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for discussions on the Draft Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. He has also on a number occasions presented on the Future of Broadcasting and Over-the-Top (OTT) Video Regulation as a representative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) South Africa.
Aynon’s career has spanned a wide spectrum of industries with a specific focus on policy development and analysis since 1994. In that period he has worked for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) where he was responsible for overseeing the development of policy and regulations for the broadcasting sector in South Africa, at a time when ICASA was re-structuring to address convergence. He also worked for the South African National Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) where he engaged in the areas of intellectual property, consumer protection, competition and the development of national standards; the Consumer Institute South Africa (CISA) as a researcher in the area of consumer protection policy; the University of Port Elizabeth where he was a lecturer in the Political Studies department; and as an independent consultant.