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Broadcasting déjà vu in Cape Town

Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer has apologised for the lack of service in Khayelitsha. But did the SABC carry the report?

By Ed Herbst 8 Apr 2014 06:34

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

SABC and the Shell House Massacre anniversary

'The IFP would like to see whether the SABC makes any reference to this today and tonight in its daily dose of pro-ANC "Celebrating 20 years of democracy" propaganda on the news bulletins.' - IFP Secretary General, Sibongile Nko in a media release "IFP remembers Shell House Massacre" 28/3/2014.

By Ed Herbst 1 Apr 2014 08:35

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

SABC silences church and other voices

'We in the churches deeply regret that certain clergy have ganged up against the public protector in the name of the church. They have done so without adequate knowledge of her reports and their intervention only serves to undermine the fight against corruption.' - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, 18 March 2014.

By Ed Herbst 24 Mar 2014 09:07

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

'Skills training' at the SABC

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

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

Youth still very keen on news - just differently

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

New traditions - Radio drives iTunes charts

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

Alyce Chavunduka has died

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

His Master's Voice wins "Nkandla Fire Pool" Media Statement of the Year Award

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

'Beyond Retail' for Africa

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

Deafcon 5 at Madiba memorial

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

Honestly now - that Nkandla media leak... Who would you believe?

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

Doing an 'Nkandla' on the SABC

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

It's cloudy over SABC's Hlaudi

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

The SABC, news coverage... and a 'struggle' election

"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

Media to cover Malema trial

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

From Zille to Annick Cojean and beyond

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

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

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