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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

Digital TV chaos shows government lack of interest

A journalist has to take obscure matters and turn them into engaging and understandable stories, showing people why they should care about them. Sometimes it seems impossible.

By Anton Harber 21 Mar 2014 00:00

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

TV for free forever, for real

We've recently seen the official launch of OpenView HD, the country's first HD satellite television platform that carries no subscription fees.

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2014 08:51

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

Clumsy TV product placements anger viewers

Not nearly enough thought is going into how product placement is being implemented in soapies - and viewers are becoming irritated.

By Chris Moerdyk 27 Jan 2014 07:04

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

Isidingo's Lesego Motsepe dies

NEWSWATCH: Isidingo star Lesego Motsepe has died, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 21 Jan 2014 07:45

Oprah: It's all cisterns go

Heart, cease thy pounding... TV talk show celebrity Oprah Winfrey recently fixed a toilet in the home she shares with partner Stedman Graham, reports Ireland's TV3. It seems she accomplished a bog-standard repair.

By Rod Baker 20 Jan 2014 07:25

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

2014 predictions for the broadcast industry

With new technologies come new challenges and as audiences expect greater quality and greater customisation of services, broadcasters, content providers and solution providers are preparing themselves for a busy 2014.

By David Hochner 6 Jan 2014 10:31

Carte Blanche complaint invalid

NEWSWATCH: A complaint against Carte Blanche by a company offering services to obtain visas has been ruled invalid by the BCCSA, reports The Citizen.

By Rod Baker 6 Jan 2014 10:31

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

ANC's Auckland Park puppets censor the story of the year

It is just a fleeting moment of stunned surprise. The dawning realisation that the status quo has ineluctably changed and so too has any predictable future. (video)

By Ed Herbst 17 Dec 2013 08:11

Sekunjalo no sacred cow: Survé

NEWSWATCH: Independent head Iqbal Survé says the group's editorial staff are assured of their editorial freedom, and need have no fear when writing about any company within the Sekunjalo Group, reports Mail & Guardian, which also reports the government has admitted - shock and horror - to making a mistake.

By Rod Baker 13 Dec 2013 07:11

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