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SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

On a recent visit here, The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger spoke of the concept of "open journalism"...

By Anton Harber 25 Jul 2014 06:25

Why is radio advertising so damn dismal?

Some say there are only two things certain about life. I say there are three - death, taxes, and that Loerie Awards announcement, "There is no Grand Prix for radio this year..."

By Chris Moerdyk 25 Jul 2014 05:19

Actually, Hlaudi is the right man for the job...

Hlaudi Motsoeneng is absolutely the ideal man for the job as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the SABC.

By Chris Moerdyk 24 Jul 2014 05:31

Quality journalism - alive, dead, or dying?

I was once asked by a media organisation to run six-month journalism courses, after which I was informed the 'graduates' would be able to call themselves journalists...

By Marion Scher 26 Jun 2014 06:36

Dear Journo...

This letter has been a long time coming...

By Lucinda Boddy 19 Jun 2014 06:54

[IMCC] Addressing the 'marketing messaging mess'

One of the first speakers at this year's IMC Conference in Cape Town was Gary Leih, founding director and CEO of OFYT. Leih took attendees through the history of integration in marketing and lessons the industry can learn from the past.

By Sindy Peters 10 Jun 2014 12:15

Every on-air presenter you let go takes a piece of your future with them

Hello Mr/Mrs Radio Station Manager. You see the DJ sitting in that studio over there? Well he or she is, with every word, building their personal brand on the back of your station's reach.

By Travis Bussiahn 30 May 2014 06:17

Fact checking may check debate

I recently stumbled across what turned out to be one of the funniest books I have read about journalism...

By Anton Harber 23 May 2014 06:15

Pretty much all you need to know to run a traditional radio station

Radio is a passion of mine and, next to writing, is the medium I've worked with longest. Radio, in effect, was a media hub that launched me into all of the new spaces I play in today.

By Travis Bussiahn 20 May 2014 13:53

Objectivity of media is not about which side it is on

In the 1994 elections, only one newspaper called on voters explicitly to support the African National Congress (ANC). It is a startling reminder of how the structures of the apartheid media industry carried into the new era.

By Anton Harber 16 May 2014 05:31

Looting in the name of Mandela - what would Terry have said?

The Sunday Times recently broke a story alleging that millions of rands intended for honouring the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela was diverted to ANC members.

By Ed Herbst 15 May 2014 05:51

SABC is key weapon in ANC's arsenal

Elections present us with the various parties' competing narratives: different views of the past, present and future vying for the attention of voters.

By Anton Harber 9 May 2014 06:02

Are you addicted to the news?

"We have a right to know!" That was the basic argument against the Secrecy Bill. But what exactly does this mean?

By Eugene Yiga 6 May 2014 06:53

Do we have the will to defend our freedom?

Exactly 20 years after we achieved media freedom, an opposition advertisement was banished from the national broadcaster because it showed pictures of police shooting protesters. So just as we were celebrating our freedom, it was eroded.

By Anton Harber 5 May 2014 06:49

Pistorius trial tells us a lot about our society

We have seen one style of cross-examination at the Oscar Pistorius trial: the pit-bull approach. It is tough and brutal...

By Anton Harber 25 Apr 2014 07:45

Brand South Africa launches 20 Years of Freedom campaign

Brand South Africa launched its 20 Years of Freedom campaign at an event yesterday that hosted media and stakeholders at its offices in Houghton, Johannesburg.

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Apr 2014 05:51

SABC shows ANC colours in run-up to elections

One would expect a public broadcaster to bend over backwards to show its neutrality at a time such as this. Well, not the SABC...

By Anton Harber 22 Apr 2014 08:10

Where's our sense of humour gone?

Last Sunday I woke up full of the joys of spring, but by the time I had finished reading the Sunday Times I couldn't make up my mind whether to go back to bed with a bottle of whisky, or wander out into the street and throw myself in front of a minibus.

By Chris Moerdyk 2 Apr 2014 06:52

Praise to the media, but much else can be done

At times such as these, I want to sing the praise of those elements of our news media that show courage and doggedness.

By Anton Harber 28 Mar 2014 05:43

Operation Kindle and the ASA

'We should never allow expedience to triumph over our history and our values...' - Trevor Manuel

By Ed Herbst 19 Mar 2014 07:00

Elections and media - the truth and nothing but the truth?

With all the media converging on the Pistorius murder trial many people have forgotten or not even realised that in fact in just under two month's we have a national election!

By Marion Scher 18 Mar 2014 06:58

Pistorius trial represents a turning point for the dailies

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

Open justice changes witnesses' lives forever

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

Pistorius' live trial sets excellent precedent

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

The SABC: Rotting from the top

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

Media is the elephant in the Pistorius courtroom

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

Slouching towards Auckland Park

"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

Come on SABC, give us a break!

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

The disturbing silence of the FXI lambs

'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

[2014 trends] The rise of radio

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

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