Media

SABC Suspends Four Executives

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interim board has suspended four members of the broadcaster’s executive management, pending the outcome of internal disciplinary processes.

The four are the chief financial officer, Robin Nicholson, the group executive: content enterprises, Mvuzo Mbebe, the head of audience services, Anton Heunis, and the head of group procurement, Mabela Satekge.

The interim board chairperson, Irene Charnley, says that the board is committed to ensuring that the correct disciplinary process was followed.

Maake on Hunger Strike Against SABC

Actor-director Sello Maake ka Ncube is going hungry for 30 days to protest the way government and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have been spending the public’s money.

Maake, who joined a growing group of media professionals whose stated aim is to use the hunger strike to shame the SABC into getting its act together, believes South Africans are starving for local content.

Maake says he had to take a stand because the public broadcaster is abusing the African culture.

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SABC Denies Suspension Reports

The interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has denied rumours that four executives had been suspended in connection with fraud and mismanagement highlighted in an auditor-general’s report.

The board was reacting to reports emanating from within the SABC that Robin Nicholson (chief financial officer), Mvuzo Mbebe (group executive: content enterprises), Mabela Satekge (head: procurement) and Anton Heunis (head: audience services) have been suspended.

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Mission Possible: Gender and Media Advocacy Training Toolkit was developed following GMMP 2005 as a tool to build civil society capacity to lobby for gender-fair, gender-balanced media. The toolkit is available in two versions. The first is a comprehensive guide to media advocacy in French, English and Spanish. The comprehensive version presents the materials in two sections of several chapters each. Section One entitled ‘Putting gender on the media’s agenda’ discusses the theory on gender and media advocacy.

Call for SABC to Disclose it Plans

Independent TV producers have called on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to make public its transformation plan and proposals for next year’s budget to allow for participation by NGOs, the TV industry and the public.

They say that unless there is participation, by the time the SABC is stabilised there will be no local production houses left in business to provide local content.

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