My university and I were lambasted by a colleague for stooping so low as to engage in the Oscar Pistorius trial media frenzy...
By Anton Harber 14 Mar 2014 06:18
Just because they lived close to Oscar Pistorius and had the misfortune of hearing the events that led to his murder trial, the lives of witnesses were torn apart.
By Anton Harber 10 Mar 2014 07:01
This week's decision by Judge Dunstan Mlambo to allow the broadcasting of the Oscar Pistorius trial was itself broadcast live - and provided a vivid demonstration of the value of letting cameras into courts.
By Anton Harber 28 Feb 2014 06:12
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report on the SABC yesterday. The report - 'When Governance and Ethics Fail' - paints a damning picture of abuse of power, mismanagement, waste and corruption, and outright dishonesty at the public broadcaster.
By Rod Baker 18 Feb 2014 07:38
In 2002, an investigation by Deloitte & Touche described Motsoeneng as a "semi-literate journalist" and recommended that he be removed as senior specialist producer. - "Faking it, Raking it in" Sunday World, 8 April 2012
By Ed Herbst 17 Feb 2014 06:22
If you were the judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial, would you allow cameras and cellphones into the courtroom?
By Anton Harber 14 Feb 2014 06:49
"The senior management at the SABC couldn't even be bothered to do the numeracy test that was required for a proper skills assessment. The entire senior management of the SABC is in a dire, dire state." Marian Shinn, Parliament 4 February 2005
By Ed Herbst 10 Feb 2014 08:08
At the risk of being utterly boring once again banging on about the SABC, I feel as though some sort of bizarre sense of duty requires me to comment on the completely predictable findings of a PriceWaterhouseCoopers audit on the national broadcaster...
By Chris Moerdyk 7 Feb 2014 06:19
'MMA has viewed the headline news bulletins from SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 and can confirm that no mention of the booing incident was made in any of the bulletins.'
By Ed Herbst 4 Feb 2014 15:46
One of the most significant developments that is set to take place within the South African media and marketing sector this year is the launch of radio's new trade positioning.
By Matona Sakupwanya 31 Jan 2014 09:17
Young people with internet access may not be reading newspapers, but they are consuming more news than ever.
By Anton Harber 24 Jan 2014 06:32
Traditional platforms generally still hold a lot of the audience mass and so can drive participation if they tailor their propositions properly. (video)
By Travis Bussiahn 22 Jan 2014 07:00
NEWSWATCH: The SABC's first black female TV news presenter Alyce Chavunduka has died at the age of 46, reports Mail & Guardian.
By Rod Baker 8 Jan 2014 07:59
Isn't it about time we created an annual journalism award that will recognise, praise and honour in perpetuity the year's most outrageous Comical Ali statement in a media context?
By Ed Herbst 6 Jan 2014 10:17
Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.
By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48
NEWSWATCH: The interpreter for the deaf at the memorial service for Madiba is a fake, and produced gibberish, it is claimed, reports Singapore's Straits Times, and you won't hear Zuma being booed... well, not on the SABC, anyway, reports City Press.
By Rod Baker 12 Dec 2013 06:45
NEWSWATCH: The ANC insists Thuli Madonsela leaked the provisional Nkandla report to the media, reports Mail & Guardian. She insists she didn't.
By Rod Baker 5 Dec 2013 09:08
The unbearable lightness of Yunus Carrim as he seeks to limit the damage from the Special Investigative Unit report on endemic SABC corruption.
By Ed Herbst 4 Dec 2013 08:09
NEWSWATCH: And the SABC is back in the news... This time thanks to a 'damning' provisional report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the abuse of power and maladministration by senior executives and former board members of the SABC, reports City Press. And Sanef has a word of advice for journalists who go into politics.
By Rod Baker 25 Nov 2013 07:43
"You can imagine the world media - the frenzy that will be created when Julius Malema stands up to give his answer to the State of the Nation Address" - Frans Cronje of the Institute of Race Relations in a Biznews interview
By Ed Herbst 22 Nov 2013 06:47
NEWSWATCH: First they couldn't, now they can - the media that is... can cover Julius Malema's trial on multiple charges, reports news24. BDLive reports the owner of Goldfields newspaper is to testify against Media24, and Google and Microsoft have agreed to measures to block images of child abuse, reports the BBC.
By Rod Baker 18 Nov 2013 11:39
South Africa is fortunate to have courageous women journalists. From Helen Zille, who revealed the truth behind Steve Biko's death, to present-day Carmel Rickard, Mandy Wiener, Phylicia Oppelt, Ferial Haffajee, Angela Quintal and Alide Dasnois...
By Ed Herbst 15 Nov 2013 07:52
The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.
By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33
As a consequence of the accuracy of my predictions for the past year, I have once again been instructed to do likewise for the year 2014. And at the same time, formally launch the 2013/14 media industry silly season.
By Chris Moerdyk 12 Nov 2013 12:41
NEWSWATCH: Noluthando Gosa, who has resigned twice from the board previously, has made it a hat-trick, reports Mail & Guardian, and EWN reports the ANC is taking City Press to the ombudsman over one of the newspaper's reports.
By Rod Baker 12 Nov 2013 06:27
NEWSWATCH: Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says the "communications ship has been righted," reports BD Live, and DStv Mobile has made some changes, reports MyBroadband.
By Rod Baker 6 Nov 2013 06:45
This is a golden age for investigative reporting in South Africa. In the Muldergate era there were two enduring themes, apartheid itself and the Info Scandal.
By Ed Herbst 1 Nov 2013 13:24
At the University of the Witwatersrand this week, we honoured a patriotic journalist who was killed because of his investigative work.
By Anton Harber 1 Nov 2013 07:09
NEWSWATCH: According to an ITWeb report, quoting City Press, former communications minister Dina Pule sanctioned the controversial R550m SABC/MultiChoice deal.
By Rod Baker 14 Oct 2013 07:46
President Jacob Zuma appointed a new SABC board of directors two weeks ago. Veteran SABC reporter Ed Herbst, in the second part of his essay (see part one here, looks at the history of board interference and political control of the SABC.
By Ed Herbst 14 Oct 2013 07:17
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