Rod Baker is Content Director at Bizcommunity.com. A journalist since before computers, he worked on a wide range of magazines and, in his youth, rose through the ranks from being a lowly and abused sub-editor, to a high and still abused editor and publisher. He has been editor and publisher of a number of magazines, as well as a newspaper. He has edited many books, and written a number too. Email him at .
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Communications Minister Dina Pule wants to be in on SABC board appointments, reports Mail & Guardian, which also reports that both the ANC and the DA are upset over a BBC programme on the plight of SA whites. MyBroadband reports on the hack attack on the SAPS website, and the SABC says that TV and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli will be given a provincial official funeral.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: The press ombudsman has dismissed Durban tycoon Vivian Reddy's complaint against the Mail & Guardian newspaper in its entirety, the newspaper reports, and Icasa is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, reports BD Live. On a sad note, SABC television and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli has died, reports Times Live.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Glitches in the voting on the POIB included a vote being recorded for a former MP who hasn't actually been in Parliament for a while, and a few who also weren't even there for the vote, reports Times Live.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Communications Minister Dina Pule has blamed soccer legend Jomo Sono for what she alleges is a 'smear campaign' against her, reports City Press; meanwhile Stephen Grootes, writing for BD Live, suggests Pule might have reason to fear Zuma's next press conference. Mail & Guardian reports on the ANC's reaction to the DA's call for a redo on last week's POIB vote, and on IOL, Murray Williams asks whether porn is worse than many other industries?
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: As expected, the controversial Protection of State Information Bill has been passed in the National Assembly, but will probably face a challenge in the Constitutional Court, reports Mail & Guardian, while Rebecca Hodes, writing in Daily Maverick, takes ASASA to task over the Xpanda ad that critics reckon is racist. In IOL, Caxton non-executive chairman Paul Jenkins says that established news outlets are not stifling the smaller players.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: As expected, MPs have adopted the Protection of State Information Bill report, reports Mail & Guardian, and in BD Live, Allister Sparks recounts how the late Mervyn Rees helped change the course of SA history - by doing exactly what many critics of the POIB believe the bill is designed to stamp out.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: MyBroadband, quoting the Sunday Times, reports how Communications Minister Dina Pule allegedly bypassed Treasury rules to appoint an employment firm, Mindworx, to handle key appointments to various parastatals, such as the SABC. MyBroadband also reports how the internet's amateur sleuths got involved in hunting the Boston bombers. Madiba has taken over Times Square reports BD Live, which also reports that Cell C is looking for a father figure, and you'd better ensure your PC is protected, reports Digital Trends.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Mergan Moodley, founder of On Digital Media (ODM), which owns TopTV, claims that the station is a pawn in some political game the IDC is playing, reports Mail & Guardian, and Financial Mail wonders what's behind Iqbal Survé's R2bn purchase of Independent Newspapers & Media SA (INM SA).
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Dating in Iceland can be a little risky - you could be involved in a bit of incest without knowing it - until now, reports News.com.au; and closer to home, Dina Pule is concerned about the delay in finalising digital TV access control.