media regulation

Oh to Live the Life (of a Dali)

Oh to live the life of a Dali
(not the Salvador surrealist one)
fleecing the public broadcaster
another one time over again
he with the sort of usual business
interests outside just in case

Oh to live the life of a Dali
not in a great hurry says he
to go out and find a job
like the some of us

Oh to live the life of a Dali
who apparently did not struggle
to be a peasant lowly or otherwise
at the back of the BEE queue

Oh to live the life of a Dali

Charnley Defends SABC’s Stabilisation Plan

The interim chairwoman of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Irene Charnley, has defended her plan to stabilise the public broadcaster within the next five months.

Charnley says that the plan will not affect the SABC’s ability to meet legislated requirements.

She also hit back at allegations that the public broadcaster, which is not commissioning any new content, is in danger of falling short of its local content requirements.

IFJ and INSI Join Global Call for Release of Journalists in Gambia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) today called for the urgent release of jailed journalists in Gambia, adding their voices to growing global protest at the press freedom crisis in the country after judges jailed six journalists for two years last week because they had supported a statement by the country's press union criticising the government.

Public Participation and Transparency Essential in Selecting New SABC Board

The Portfolio Committee on Communications of parliament has, through adverts in a few expensive newspapers targeted at affluent readers, called for nominations for a new board of the public broadcaster the SABC. The closing date for nominations of board members is now 14 August (it was originally 31 July 2009).

Concerns Over Digital Migration

As the government steams ahead, confident that South Africans will start buying decoders in April 2010 in preparation for the country's switch to digital television, there are still concerns about who will foot the bill.

Migrating from analogue to digital means South Africans who do not have digitally complaint television sets will be required to purchase set-top boxes at a cost of R700 in order to view public broadcasting and free-to-air channels.

Motlanthe Names Interim SABC Board

Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe has appointed the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) interim board for a period of six months.

In a press statement, the Presidency expressed its confidence in the capabilities of the new interim board members and in the interim board as a collective.

Members of the new board are Irene Charnley (chairperson), Philip Frederick Mtimkulu (deputy chairperson), Libby Lloyd, Leslie Kgopotso Sedibe, Suzanne Vos, Gab Mampone, Robin Nicholson, and Charlotte Mampane.

Media Development Indicators: A Framework for Assessing Media Development

'Media development indicators: A framework for assessing media development' defines indicators of media development in line with the priority areas of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC): promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism; development of community media; and human resource development (capacity building of media professionals and institutional capacity building). The paper suggests five major categories of indicators that can be used to analyse the media development of a country.

Search New SABC Board Begins

Parliament's portfolio committee on communications has invited the public to make nominations for the new South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members.

In a press statement, the committee chairperson Ismail Vadi says the call is the beginning of a search for a new board to steer the public broadcaster out of its current problems. Nominations can be made on or before 31 July 2009.

SABC Crisis a Concern for Zuma

The current state of the South African Broadcasting Corporation is cause for concern. This is according to President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking at a media awards ceremony in Durban over the weekend, Zuma stated that, "We will play our role and will act quickly when called upon to do so, to take the process forward, once Parliament concludes its processes."

Zuma’s comments came in the wake of the national broadcaster posting a financial loss of R839 million for the 2008/09 financial year and reports of financial mismanagement.

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