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Riaad 'Riyad' Moosa now guilty of hate speech - BCCSA

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) is at it again - this time accusing comedian Riaad Moosa of hate speech for busting some racial prejudices and using the word "coolie" in the process. It also renamed him "Riyad". The BCCSA recently made a similar ruling against comedian John Vlismas although, in that instance, it actually got his name right.

By Herman Manson 19 Nov 2010 12:34

SABC scoops gold at Public Sector Excellence Awards

Constantly besieged by bad news - mostly emanating from internal power struggles, political interference and corporate governance breaches that negatively impact on its performance - the embattled SABC will finally have something to celebrate. The public broadcaster scooped two golden awards last night, Thursday, 18 November 2010, at the Public Sector Excellence (PSX) Awards in the brand leadership, and overall effectiveness and service orientation categories.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 19 Nov 2010 10:11

Future of online: making it sustainable

In our previous chapters, we discussed how online news media found itself in a sticky space and what needed to happen for it to be taken seriously. Now we need to find out what global online news outfits will have to do to survive and even make some money

By Branko Brkic 18 Nov 2010 13:13

Masondo, Robbie, Doel crowned SAB Enviro Journos of the Year

The Times reporter Sipho Masondo and Talk Radio 702 presenter John Robbie were the overall winners of the 22nd SAB Environmentalist and Environmental Journalist of the Year Awards in the print, Internet and broadcast categories, respectively, while Simply Green editor Sean Doel scooped the Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Award. The awards ceremony was held yesterday, Wednesday, 17 November 2010, at Summer Place Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 18 Nov 2010 09:44

Of Superman ministers and developmentally-aligned broadcasters

There seems to be a lot of frightening legislation doing the rounds, which naturally means some drafts don't get the attention they deserve. But, not to be alarmist or anything, you need to have a look at the proposed new law on public broadcasting. Seriously.

By Stephen Grootes 17 Nov 2010 12:00

Padayachie, SOS, in showdown over SABC, ICASA

Lobby group SOS Support Public Broadcasting has over the weekend dismissed most of the new communications minister's plans to stabilise SABC and strengthen ICASA, saying they are 'superficial' and fall short of taking account of deep-rooted problems facing these two institutions. This has raised fears that the country's broadcasting sector is far from being freed from the vicious circle it has been trapped in for several years.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Nov 2010 09:41

Padayachie aims to stabilise SABC, strengthen ICASA

Newly appointed communications minister Roy Padayachie faces an uphill battle to transform a "dysfunctional" ministry he inherited from his predecessor Siphiwe Nyanda into a service delivery winning team that knows where "its" people and organisations live and fully understands their needs - as President Jacob Zuma put it.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 12 Nov 2010 08:57

Right2Know campaign back to drawing board

After completing its Week of Action, which was characterised by a series of nationwide raucous and fearless protests against the government's proposed 'Secrecy Bill' - seen by critics as 'repressive' and 'wicked' - South Africa's civil society army is back at the drawing board, assessing its achievements and strategies and call for a scope-broadening national dialogue.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Nov 2010 12:46

SABC News, a law unto itself

Accused of sacrificing its public accountability, editorial policy and of moving ever closer to becoming a de facto state broadcaster, the SABC looked dangerously like it was being used by Robert Gumede in his war against the Mail & Guardian. Yet the SABC is defiant, saying it doesn't need to explain its editorial policy or news decisions to anyone. Really?

By Mandy de Waal 10 Nov 2010 12:27

Kenny vs. Spenny lands another broadcaster in trouble

The adventures of Canadian comedic duo Kenny and Spenny with a rather unfortunate goat has landed a second South African broadcaster in hot water with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA). This time, it's the turn of radio station 567 Cape Talk.

By Herman Manson 8 Nov 2010 10:24

Give Padayachie the space to function!

We have to commend President Jacob Zuma for taking the bold step of sacking his communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda in his cabinet reshuffle this past weekend. In the first place, his appointment was ill-advised and ill-conceived - as political analyst Adam Habib said, Nyanda knew nothing about the communications field and has always been a controversial figure.

By Benedicta Dube 2 Nov 2010 11:09

Discovery Health, Rhodes University to 'cure' health journalism

Health journalism in South Africa is ailing and is in need of healing, Prof Guy Berger, Rhodes University head of school of journalism and media studies, said on Friday, 29 October 2010, in Sandton. He was speaking at the launch of the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism, which will from next year offer an honours degree with specialisation in health journalism at the Eastern Cape-based learning institution.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 1 Nov 2010 09:36

Cabinet reshuffle: SOS welcomes Nyanda's axing

The SOS Support Public Broadcasting coalition has welcomed the axing of retired army general Siphiwe Nyanda, who along with six ministers have been booted out for mediocrity by President Jacob Zuma, following the announcement of his cabinet reshuffle yesterday, Sunday, 31 October 2010. He has been replaced by Roy Padayachie, who has had previous experience in the Ministry of Communications.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 1 Nov 2010 09:22

[IMCC] Targeted, less intrusive advertising needed - Walter Pike

Walter Pike believes that the whole premise of interrupting people through advertising is falling away as people are connecting and consuming media in different ways, making old methods of advertising irrelevant. Pike was speaking on day two of the Integrated Marketing Communication Conference on Thursday, 28 October 2010. [presentation]

By Sindy Peters 29 Oct 2010 10:57

Satire wasted on BCCSA, Vlismas ruling shows

Right on the heels of a judgement that would potentially complicate South Africa's television content rating system by adding additional warnings to shows containing strong language (traditionally and recognisably marked with an L), the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has now taken up the mighty task of establishing the "bounds of humour" in a ruling that effectively finds stand-up comedian John Vlismas guilty of hate speech

By Herman Manson 27 Oct 2010 10:02

Minister still 'stubborn' on Secrecy Bill changes, protests set to intensify

State security minister Siyabonga Cwele's latest 'stubborn' stance on the much-hated Protection of Information Bill changes has angered right groups and media organisations, which are set to take their loud campaign to Durban and Cape Town this week to protest against the government's unconstitutional attempt to return the country to the apartheid's secretive and autocratic rule.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 25 Oct 2010 11:04

SABC volcano: unions, SACP, military vets up rhetoric

As the SABC volcano continues to erupt day by day, spewing out lava and sending staff and management scrambling for cover, unions, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the military veterans' association have intensified their rhetoric, hoping someone out there will listen and act urgently to heal the terminally-ill public broadcaster. But, as it is the case in any politicised crisis, some of the rhetoric turns out to be a war of words between comrades.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 22 Oct 2010 12:40

Grahamstown media project connects people with power

The powers that be would have us believe that South Africa's newspapers do not adequately reflect the lives of all South Africans - especially, as our president put it recently, that of "a person from ku-Qumbu in the Transkei". So it is very interesting to discover that in the little university town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, an innovative citizen-journalism project called Iindaba Ziyafika is already in its second year.

By Gill Moodie 20 Oct 2010 12:13

Anger as marchers protest against Secrecy Bill

An estimated 500 people from various parts of Gauteng marched yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, 19 October 2010, from Wits University to the Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to vent their anger and frustration against the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the 'Secrecy Bill' - a soon-to-be enacted legislation many believe will stem the free access to information and create a totalitarian and secretive South Africa.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 20 Oct 2010 10:30

Black Wednesday: media-government showdown intensifies

Alarmed by the actions of a government it no longer trusts to protect its freedom and which threatens to send journalists to jail for publishing 'classified' and 'salacious' information, the South African media fraternity has intensified its counter-attacks against the government's 'positions', vowing to fight on until politicians back off.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 19 Oct 2010 12:30

BCCSA ruling could complicate content rating system

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa's (BCCSA) recent ruling, that recommends strong language with a sexual inference be rated with an S alongside the traditional L rating, would complicate South Africa's television content rating system if implemented.

By Herman Manson 19 Oct 2010 10:35

SA media tribunal wars: is that an armistice we see?

A joint indaba between the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) and Government this past weekend yielded some surprising results - the most important of them being a call by the deputy president for cooler heads. If only that had been the case from the very beginning.

By Stephen Grootes 18 Oct 2010 09:32

Chile mine rescue: lessons in newsworthiness

As the last Chilean miner was pulled out of the Fenix rescue capsule this morning, millions of people watching on televisions around the world cheered with relief and jubilation. This has - technically speaking - been one of the greatest news stories of all time. Here's why.

By Tara Turkington 14 Oct 2010 13:13

Are Africa's vernacular radio stations 'problematic'?

Three years after the post-elections violence in Kenya that left more 1500 people dead, scores injured and some 660 000 displaced, the role played by the media, vernacular radio stations in particular, during and after these events, still puzzles many observers. They continue to wonder whether Africa's vernacular radio stations are tools of nation-building or platforms for fomenting ethnic hatred and violence.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Oct 2010 11:51

Will the sun ever set on SAPA?

This is the tale of why we need to rise to the challenge of constant change in our fast-moving media world - and why sometimes we just can't. In the far corner, in Hamburg in Germany, we have some of the brightest media minds and most successful journalists in the world gathered for the annual last week. In our corner, we have SAPA, the South African Press Association.

By Gill Moodie 14 Oct 2010 11:44

Chile mine rescue: triumph of human engineering

The Chile mine rescue has all the elements of a well-managed PR campaign. Did you notice the metamorphosis between the miners in the rescue chamber nearly 700m underground and the same miners that emerged out of the escape capsule? Wearing clean clothes, hardhats, clean-shaven and sporting US$400 sun glasses?

By Angelo Coppola 13 Oct 2010 13:55

Elections in Africa: BBC, CNN in the dock

BBC and CNN stand accused of providing 'dishonest', 'euro-centrist' and 'personalised' coverage of African elections, which totally misses the point and fails to connect with the real issues on the ground. This emerged at the Media and Elections in Africa two-day conference held this week at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 13 Oct 2010 08:01

Elections in Africa: can media do the right thing?

With the SABC and scoring 45% and 47% respectively in covering the ruling ANC politics during the 2009 elections, compared to 12% and 14% respectively for the opposition DA, and a number of other media also dedicating most of their resources to cover ANC politics, some observers wonder whether this is fair practice or done at the expense of socio-economic issues and the 'other' parties.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 12 Oct 2010 07:06

How media mismanage elections coverage in Africa

In a continent plagued by bad governance, election rigging, political intolerance and media freedom threats, and ruled mostly by former liberation movements, election time appears to be a critical period during which ordinary citizens look to the media to provide them with pertinent information to help them make informed choices.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Oct 2010 12:21

Radio's neglected moral responsibility

There's a chance today's radio presenters are not qualified to be on-air. When training radio professionals, I always ask them what they see is their role as broadcasters. When they reply with the stock phrase "to inform and entertain", they seem a little surprised, even hurt, when I reply that they then have no aspiration, and that they're not being very professional or intelligent.

By Daryl Ilbury 11 Oct 2010 11:36

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