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SABC Denies Blacklisting Allegations

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has denied allegations of blacklisting between 2005 and 2006 at an Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) hearing.

The denial is contrary to the findings of the Sisulu Commission of Inquiry, which was appointed by the SABC to investigate claims that certain commentators were banned from SABC programmes by news head, Snuki Zikalala.

CEJA: Economics for Journalists

The Centre for Economic Journalism in Africa (CEJA), a unit of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, is conducting an accredited certificate course aimed at introducing journalists to economic concepts and how to report them.

The certificate may in future count towards count towards a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economic Journalism.

The course is intended for working journalists or recent journalism graduates. Prior knowledge of economics or experience in economic journalism is not required.

FXI Pushes for New Broadcasting Act

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has renewed its efforts to have the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) articles of association amended in line with legislation and to remove government interference in the broadcaster.

The FXI believes that the articles are unlawful and unconstitutional and should be amended. The organisation says that unless this is done by the end of March 2009, it will seek a court order compelling the Minister oCommunications and the SABC to do so.

Reclaiming Our Public Broadcaster

From 28-29 January 2009, the SOS Coalition hosted a workshop entitled “SABC Position Paper Workshop”. NGOs, trade unions and policy-makers were invited to debate the key problems facing the SABC including its Charter, legal structure, funding model and so forth. At the end of the workshop a discussion paper was drafted to act as key civil society lobbying document for new legislation. Please click below to find the workshop programme and the latest draft of our civil society discussion document attached. Do send your comments!

Motlanthe Refers Broadcasting Amendment Bill Back to Parliament

President Kgalema Motlanthe has sent the contentious Broadcasting Amendment Bill back to the National Assembly unsigned.

The president referred the Broadcasting Amendment Bill back to Parliament for reconsideration over concerns about constitutionality.

The bill makes it possible for Parliament to fire either individuals on the South African Broadcasting Corporation board or the board as a whole.

Sentech to Miss Digital Migration Deadline

Sentech, the state-owned company that carries radio and television signals for South Africa’s terrestrial broadcasters, is likely to miss its first looming deadline for switching from analogue to digital.

Sentech spokesperson, Polly Modiko, points out that by the end of the financial year, Sentech will only achieve population coverage of 40 percent - 12 percent less than it promised Parliament last year.

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