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EDITORIAL POLICY REVIEW | SABC

 

Johannesburg- Thursday 13 July 2017 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) today announced that it is embarking on a review process of its 2004 Editorial Policies, which were developed through a consultation process with the public at large.

The SABC is required, in terms of Section 6 of the Broadcasting Act No 4 of 1999, as amended, to develop policies that are intended to ensure compliance with the:
• Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) Code of Conduct;
• The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) Code of Conduct;
• The Corporation’s licence conditions and
• The provisions of the Broadcasting Act No 4 of 1999.

In addition, the policies have to also comply with the Press Code of the SA Press Council under which the SABC digital platforms fall.

The SABC’s Editorial Policies provide a framework and serve as a guideline for decision making on all content carried on SABC services. The policies specifically address Programming, News and Current Affairs, Language, Universal Access and Services, Local Content, Religious Programming and Education.

In 2013, the corporation undertook a process to review the 2004 policies, which culminated in 2016 with policies being filed with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

The policies were later rejected by ICASA which further ordered that:
• “The amendment by the SABC Board of its editorial policies was invalid in terms of the Broadcasting Act No 4 of 1999”;
• “The 2004 SABC’s editorial policies accordingly remain valid”.

This new review process is therefore aimed at ensuring that a proper consultation process takes place with the public and the various stakeholders of the SABC and the final policies which emanate from these policies are in line with section 6 (6) of the Broadcasting Act of No 4 of 1999.

SABC Interim Board Chairperson Ms Khanyisile Kweyama stated “This process is an important milestone to ensure that our content offering on radio, television and digital platforms are in line not only with legislative and regulatory requirements, but also with public sentiment. We therefore appeal to all stakeholders and interested bodies to participate in this process which will go round the country to ensure maximum participation by all South Africans”.

The SABC will hold public hearings in each of the provinces, where audiences and the general public will be afforded a chance to contribute to shaping the SABC’s Editorial Policies through oral or written submissions.

The deadline for written submissions is the 31st of August 2017.

All inputs received from the public will be consolidated and will inform a revised Editorial Code and Policies document, which will then be released for public comment before being finalized.

The public can get a copy of the current SABC Editorial Policies in their preferred language at www.sabc.co.za/editorialpolicy.

For more information on the editorial policy consultation process, the public can go to the SABC News website http://www.sabc.co.za/news for details on the public consultation meetings in all the provinces, to read about the policy review process, look at old policies and to give their input.

Written submissions can be emailed to editorial@sabc.co.za or posted to SABC Private Bag X1, Aucklandpark, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2006. Submissions can also be made at all the SABC’s provincial offices.

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ANN 7 WORKERS DISPUTE SETTLED

Eight of the nine ANN 7 employees today reached an agreement with their former employer and settled the unfair dismissal dispute at the CCMA in Pretoria. 

The terms of the agreement is confidential.

None of the former employees wanted to be reinstated and opted for a financial settlement. 

The Arbitration was presided over by Commissioner Paul Botha. ANN7 was represented by Adv Emile Kilian and the employees was represented by BEMAWU. 

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Herbst: Will SABC history repeat itself? Brown in Zikalala’s footsteps… | Fin24

At the moment the ANC is at war with itself over Hlaudi Motsoeneng who has caused it unending embarrassment just prior to an election. While Jackson Mthembu and Gwede Mantashe express concern, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi sings his praises.

Snuki Zikalala has also now entered the fray and criticised Hlaudi’s censorship. In small but ironic measure this might be justified – in his time he was flayed because of his “blacklist”. Now, under Motsoeneng we have “no list” with a total ban on political discussion on SABC radio talk shows.

Will the Zuma faction emulate what the Mbeki faction did back in April 2004 with Snuki Zikalala and wait until a few days after the election before announcing that Karima Brown will return to the SABC?

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SABC R9 MILLION “GIFT” TO MUSICIANS | BEMAWU

Hlaudi Motsoeneng has decided to give 180 local musicians R50 000 each – a whopping R9 million in total as a “token of appreciation” from the cash-strapped public broadcaster – and announced that the SABC will start a music TV channel as well as a new programme dedicated to poems according to the blogspot “TV with Thinus“.

The SABC announced that it’s awarding R50 000 to music legends in a special live SABC2 broadcast carried on the broadcaster’s Morning Live programme as musicians lavished praised on the SABC’s controversial and famously matricless chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng said “financially, SABC is sustainable. We are going forward. We are going to pay our artists and other people doing business with the SABC”.

James Aguma, the SABC’s acting CEO said that “to do good you don’t need to ask anybody for permission. This money is just a token to the legends who have contributed to the music industry.”

BEMAWU will challenge this decision of the SABC.

The CEO and COO cannot run the SABC as if its their own spaza shop. The SABC is a public broadcaster, and money cannot simply be given away.

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‘It is freedom of expression that gave us this vocation’ – Thandeka Gqubule | DRUM

Thandeka Gqubule

By Ayanda Sitole

The SABC’s economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule, who was suspended last week for challenging a decision in an editorial meeting not to show footage of violence at protests, was among journalists who picketed outside the public broadcaster’s offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, this morning.

She addressed the crowd in a touching speech, which was met with resounding nods of agreement and ululation.

In her speech, she called on the “ancestors” of journalism such as Ruth First, Peter Magubane and Can Themba to be with them in spirit as they marched to the Constitutional Court to defend freedom of expression.

“It is freedom of expression that gave us this vocation, do not allow the sun to go down on us,” she said.

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Source: ‘It is freedom of expression that gave us this vocation’ – Thandeka Gqubule | DRUM