media regulation

Communities comment on the SABC’s Charter

Background

The SOS Coalition has discussed in some detail the importance of taking its campaigns to community level. One of SOS’s most important campaigns is to call for a complete review of broadcasting policy and the development of a new SABC Act. One of the key areas in this process that needs analysis is the SABC’s Charter. The Charter sets the vision and mandate for the SABC.

SOS Coalition Urges Motlanthe to Sign Broadcasting Bill

The Save our SABC Coalition has come out in support of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), urging President Kgalema Motlanthe to sign the Broadcasting Amendment Bill as soon as possible.

“The president needs to sign the Broadcasting Amendment Bill as soon as possible so that an investigation of the SABC board could start right away”, says Coalition spokesperson, Kate Skinner.

SOS Coalition explores the impact of digital migration

On 24 October the SOS Coalition met to discuss the feedback from the plenary held on 9 October and look at the way forward with regard to the new programme.

In line with the new programme, the Coalition will be writing a civil society position paper that is hoped will act as the base document for new SABC legislation. A special session was also held at the meeting which looked at the impact of digital migration issues for public broadcasting.

For more information on this, please see the following documents that came out of the meeting:

Oral presentation to the Select Committee

The SOS Coalition presented an oral presentation to the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises on the Broadcasting Amendment Bill.

Presented by William Bird of the Media Monitoring Project, attention was given on a small scale to the crises at the SABC, legislation and our constitution and on a bigger scale; he looked at the support given to institutions that are central to democracy – the public broadcaster and parliament.

SOS Coalition Report Back to Plenary

On 9 October, the “Save Our SABC” Coalition held a successful report back meeting.

The main areas covered at the meeting included the following; work done to date particularly with regard to the Broadcasting Amendment Bill and lessons learnt.

Other areas covered included a future work programme outlining specific targets and who will be carrying these out. The work programme included:

Press Statement: Broadcasting Amendment Bill goes through final Parliamentary stages

Today the National Council of Provinces will be holding deliberations on the Broadcasting Amendment Bill. The “Save our SABC” Campaign, representing COSATU, the Treatment Action Campaign, a host of NGOs and CBOs including the Freedom of Expression Institute, the Media Monitoring Project, and the Media Institute of Southern Africa have welcomed the Bill. We believe that it deals with major gaps around the removal of Board members in the present Broadcasting Act, 1999.

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