Independent TV producers have called on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to make public its transformation plan and proposals for next year’s budget to allow for participation by NGOs, the TV industry and the public.
They say that unless there is participation, by the time the SABC is stabilised there will be no local production houses left in business to provide local content.
Producers say talks between the TV Industry Emergency Coalition (TVIEC) and the interim SABC board suggest that a drastic cut in local content is at the heart of the broadcaster’s plan to resolve its financial crisis. They further argue that cutting local content will not only mean more repeats and poor quality foreign productions, but the demise of the local production industry.
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