media regulation

Mkonza Blames Zuma for SABC Crisis

Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board chairperson, Kanyi Mkonza, says that President Jacob Zuma’s “indifference” is to blame for the public broadcaster’s woes.

Mkonza, who had a day earlier admitted that she “sucked as a leader”, pointed out that Zuma has failed to show leadership and ought to have said whether he wanted the board to stay or not.

Burger Comments on SABC Crisis, Broadband & Digital Migration

Right now the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is hogging bandwidth about priorities for the new Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda. This is according to Professor Guy Burger.

Burger is of the view that Nyanda should tell the Treasury whether he backs the broadcaster’s R2 billion bailout.

He further states that, “But he'll also need to look at two other causes putting pressure on the public purse. These are: promoting broadband Internet, and dealing with digital migration.”

SABC on Brink of Collapse

Massive debts and a spate of top-level resignations have pushed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to near-collapse, threatening a network once styled as the voice of the country's democracy.

This is according to SABC Board member, Alison Gillwald.

"If the board does not function, the SABC does not function. The legal constraints and protection of its own statutes (mean) that if the board does not meet, the SABC literally grinds to a halt," Gillwald says.

Interim SABC Board Chair Resigns

Acting South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Ashwin Trikamje, has resigned.

Trikamjee was appointed as the interim SABC board chairperson after Kanyisile Mkhonza’s resignation earlier this month.

Parliament’s communications chairperson, Ishmael Vadi, earlier questioned the appointment of Trikamjee as interim chairperson, saying that only President Jacob Zuma could appoint the interim SABC board chairperson.

Three SABC Board Members Resign

Three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board members, former presidential spokesperson, Bheki Khumalo, Andile Mbeki and Desmond Golding, have resigned with immediate effect.

In a joint press statement, they point out that, "We are mindful of the enormity of the challenges that are currently facing the SABC.”

The states that, "We are of the firm view that it is in the public interest to resign.

Zimbabwe to Relax Media Laws

Zimbabwean journalists want the country's new unity government to scrap tough media laws which critics say President Robert Mugabe has used to muzzle his opponents.

The move follows a demand from western donors that the unity government carry out wider political and media reforms before they can commit funding to the country’s economic recovery programme.

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