Zambia Refuses to Reverse TopStar Decision

Before the deal, ZNBC was 100% owned by the Zambian government.

According to the deal for the next 25 years, TopStar will be collecting all ZNBC advertising revenues and tower rental fees.

The money will go towards the servicing of a US$273 million loan that the Zambian government has contracted from the Export-Import Bank of China for the investment in the digital broadcasting network and the building of provincial studios.

​Activists Protest at SABC Headquarters

A group of activists under the banner Right2Know are staging a sit-in at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) head office in Johannesburg.

The group took a decision to protest after the public broadcaster refused to allow four journalists to enter the offices.

The Right2Know Campaign says the journalists went to report for duty after the Labour Court ruled that their initial dismissal was unlawful.

​SANEF Welcomes Court Decision on SABC Journos

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed a Labour Court decision which effectively reinstates four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were dismissed for challenging editorial policy.

SANEF says the court decision affirms media freedom and sends a strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.

SANEF’s Sam Mkokeli says, “SANEF welcomes the decision of the Labour Court. It's a very important decision and it sends a very strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.”

Call to Stop Advertising on SABC

Criticism of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's, censorship of news coverage and his running of the public broadcaster as ‘his own private spaza shop’ is getting louder.

Activists met to plan protests and called on advertisers to boycott the SABC to hit it ‘where it hurts’.

Right2Know Campaign says that Motsoeneng will lose in the court of public opinion, adding that South Africans should be shaming companies that choose to advertise on the SABC.

Amankwaa’s Tweets Spark Rage

The fate of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) soccer analyst, Coudjoe Amankwaa, who has sparked outrage with his homophobic comments on Twitter, is still in the balance.
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, “We don’t know exactly what happens until management deals with this. We can only comment afterwards. We can only gather what happened when he meets with his bosses.”
As outrage at the comments escalated, AIDS activist, Zackie Achmat, called Amankwaa’s tweet “the most ignorant for a while”.

R2K Says TV Control System Bad for Poor

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) says that a control system in the boxes required for television watchers to switch from analogue to digital will force the poor to pay for access to information.
R2K’s Busi Matabane points out that, “There is little doubt in our minds that the control feature will be used in an attempt to squeeze the poor and force them to pay for essential access to information."

MultiChoice, SABC Deal Criticised

The controversial R550 million agreement governing the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) 24-hour news channel on MultiChoice’s DStv bouquet is back in the spotlight as a group of broadcasting and media stakeholders launched a legal bid to get competition authorities to review the deal.

According to City Press, Caxton Publishers, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition have joined forces in the legal bid before the Competition Tribunal, arguing the deal is not in the public interest.

Muthambi Challenged Over SABC Powers

City Press reports that a court battle is set to rage over newly expanded powers that Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, has gained over the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

Civil action group, SOS Support Public Broadcasting coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, points out that, “The changes are far-reaching and reduce the board's power significantly.”


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