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The SABC, Ayisafani, the EFF and section 10(1)(d) of the Broadcasting Act

"If the SABC is to be regarded as the watchdog and disciplinarian, then who disciplines the SABC? Surely the intention of the legislature was to answer this question: the CCC (Complaints and Compliance Committee of ICASA) of course" - Judge Neels Claassen in the South Gauteng High Court on 24/1/2011.

By Ed Herbst 23 Apr 2014 08:10

SABC shows ANC colours in run-up to elections

For the first democratic election 20 years ago, the African National Congress ensured it would not enter the election period without the SABC - for so long a voice of the ruling party - being put into neutral hands. It understood the power of the national broadcaster as the primary source of news and information for most of the country, and its capacity to distort the national debate and influence voting. Now it appears we are entering an election again with the SABC - or at least key elements of it - captive to a ruling party.

By Anton Harber 22 Apr 2014 08:10

DA: 1 SABC: 0

NEWSWATCH: The Democratic Alliance wins; the SABC pulled the party's "Ayisafani" TV advert and five radio advertisements off the air last week and Icasa's Complaints and Compliance Committee, has ruled in the DA's favour, reports the SABC. Mail & Guardian reports Hlaudi "Matric? What matric?" Motsoeneng, the SABC's acting COO, has been told to back off by senior journalists, and the corporation's political bias will backfire.

17 Apr 2014 07:29

SABC's DA ad ban backfires

NEWSWATCH: Guardian Liberty Voice reports that after the SABC banned a Democratic Alliance ad, the same ad has gone viral. (Videos)

14 Apr 2014 08:58

SA radio's 'Oscar' winners announced

Proof of the extent to which the MTN Radio Awards has grown in stature in just five short years was the more than 1,000 industry stalwarts and young guns in attendance at this year's award's ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

By Luise Allemann 14 Apr 2014 07:11

SAARF AMPS December 2013 Topline results

SAARF AMPS Dec 13 is the picture of stability, with few significant changes coming through in the data.

11 Apr 2014 10:47

Eavesdropping at the SABC

NEWSWATCH: According to a Mail & Guardian report, SABC staff have been informed that their phones are being monitored by the NIA (National Intelligence Agency).

11 Apr 2014 07:45

Gareth Cliff to start new show, including WeChat streaming

Gareth Cliff is set to make a return to broadcasting, but he won't be on radio, or TV for that matter. Instead, it appears that Cliff, who recently left terrestrial radio station 5FM after 10 years, will make his return on WeChat.

10 Apr 2014 07:12

Independent to cut staff?

Independent News & Media SA chair Iqbal Survé has told staff that the company's latest financial statements "make for sober" reading and retrenchments could not be ruled out.

3 Apr 2014 07:05

WhatsApp with Facebook?

In February, Facebook announced the buy-out of WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging service, for US$19-billion. The instant messenger has over 450-million active users. People have been asking why Facebook spent so much on the instant messenger. Is it that Facebook wants to have dominance in the mobile market or are more people moving away from Facebook?

By Christopher Smith 2 Apr 2014 14:05

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

Journalist fired for seeking political office

NEWSWATCH: Business Report senior journalist Donwald Pressly has been fired for seeking political office with the Democratic Alliance, reports news24, but he plans to appeal his dismissal, reports Mail & Guardian.

2 Apr 2014 06:05

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