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: e.tv has denied a claim that it would air a show on the housewives of Nkandla, reports IOL.
By Rod Baker 28 Nov 2013 07:48
NEWSWATCH: Home-grown stand-up comedian Trevor Noah is to star in his own US sitcom, reports Sowetan LIVE, and MyBroadband says a new report on SA's mobile pricing will debunk some beliefs.
By Rod Baker 27 Nov 2013 07:38
NEWSWATCH: Police apparently fear that reporters with machine guns hidden in their cameras could pose a risk to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, reports Times Live, and Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says he has received the PP's report on the SABC, reports IOL.
By Rod Baker 26 Nov 2013 09:19
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
I have probably said this before but it's worth saying it again because somehow a stop has to be put to ad agencies being steamrolled by clients into producing really rubbish advertising.
By Chris Moerdyk 19 Nov 2013 08:03
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
Brett St Clair, head of new products sub-Saharan Africa for Google, talked at AfricaCom's day two AfricaCast session about understanding the role YouTube can play in Africa.
By Ilse van den Berg 15 Nov 2013 07:50
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
Bizcommunity recently caught up with Ryan Metcalfe, the head writer of SABC 1's hit new Zulu sitcom, Single Guys. The show averaged 2.8-million viewers through its half season run, with the last show hitting 3-million viewers.
By Shan Radcliffe 11 Nov 2013 11:22
Lights. Camera. Action. From epic big-screen dramas to spellbinding or humorous television programmes and commercials, the world of entertainment provides an escape from the humdrum, moving and inspiring - at times, even without sound.
By Warwick Allan 8 Nov 2013 10:24
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
NEWSWATCH: A KykNET insert involving a boy and his zipper isn't sufficiently disturbing for the BCCSA to intervene, reports IOL, and it seems far too many South African smartphone users are a bit dof, reports Times Live.
By Rod Baker 5 Nov 2013 09:31
Many international and local brands make the mistake of their marketing and promotional campaigns not being relevant to consumers. (video)
By Dina Myers 4 Nov 2013 14:41
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
A few months ago, Sunday nights were pretty much routine. At 10 o'clock the nation stood to attention to watch The Big Debate on SABC 2.
By Benedicta Dube 21 Oct 2013 09:12
NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports that the SABC has pulled The Big Debate show, which is billed as 'holding our leaders to account and giving a voice to ordinary residents and communities'.
By Rod Baker 18 Oct 2013 14:08
NEWSWATCH: channel24, quoting City Press, reports that many of the cast of Generations are not at all happy with their new contracts.
By Rod Baker 15 Oct 2013 06:33
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
The 18th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards is taking place tomorrow night, 12 October 2013 at the CTICC where finalists will be recognised for their excellent journalism across the continent.
By Ilse van den Berg 11 Oct 2013 13:40
The SABC has moved from National Party to ANC control. Its three television channels and 17 radio stations have greater reach than all the country's newspapers put together.
By Ed Herbst 11 Oct 2013 07:41
NEWSWATCH: IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini says the fight against some clauses in the Protection of State Information Bill is SA's first real exercise in democracy, reports IOL. Meanwhile, Yunus Carrim will be in the hot seat over the SABC/MultiChoice deal, reports AllAfrica, e.tv has slammed the same deal, reports BusinessTech, and EWN reports on where some of our SABC licence fees have gone.
By Rod Baker 30 Sep 2013 07:16
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