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  • Alex FM Radio: Programmes Manager

    Alex FM Radio
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, March 5, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Alex FM is a community radio station that reaches listeners in Alexandra eastern Johannesburg including Germiston, Edenvale, Kempton Park, Sandton, Marlboro and Randburg in Gauteng.

    Alex FM, South Africa's fastest growing community radio station seeks to appoint a Programmes Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:
    • Oversee the implementation of the programming and news policy;
    • Be responsible for conducting research and make recommendations with regard to programme design and production;
    • Be responsible for receiving input and make recommendations on programmes, news content and its structure;
    • Ensure that the programmes and news comply with broadcasting regulations;
    • Be responsible for the human resource development of the department;
    • Be responsible for the programme log sheets and their submissions to the ICASA;
    • Ensure proper management of programming department budget allocated;
    • Assist to negotiate programme sponsorship with potential investors;
    • Advise the station manager on programming issues that may affect the station;
    • Manage and supervise all junior managers and staff who reports to the programming department;
    • Attend all management meetings;
    • Ensure that the programming content is reflective of community principles, values and aspirations and ensure quality programming at all times;
    • Convene and chair all departmental meetings;
    • Design, recommend and implement programming policies subject to the approval of the HR Department, the Station Manager and the Board;
    • Write monthly reports and be accountable to the station manager.
    Requirements: 
    • Matric certificate plus communications degree or three year media diploma;
    • Good knowledge of Alex FM;
    • Programming skills;
    • Creativity;
    • Organisational skills;
    • Good communication skills;
    • Be able to meet deadlines;
    • Be Objective and Solution driven;
    • Be a good decision maker;
    • Have interest in international, national and local general content;
    • Be able to receive and give instructions professionally.
    Salary: Negotiable.

    Starting date: 12 March 2013.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to the HR Assistant, Antony Mmatli  at alexfm89.1radio@gmail.com or Tel: 011 346 2164.

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    For more about Alex FM, refer to www.alexfm.co.za.

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  • Community Radio Ordered to Submit Financial Reports

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has given Radio Teemaneng, a community station, seven working days to submit its financial reports.

    The station, which broadcasts from Kimberly in the Northern Cape, has not been submitting its audited financial reports to the broadcasting regulating authorities for past three years.

    ICASA spokesperson, Paseka Maleka, points out that the station will present its case to the compliance committee for determination and recommendation to the authority on what sanction to be imposed on that particular licensee.

    To read the article, “ICASA gives community radio station 7 days to submit financial reports,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Community Radio Faces Closure

    Bush Radio, one of South Africa's oldest community radio stations, might be forced to stop broadcasting due to severe financial problems.
     
    The station’s management have launched an appeal for funds to make up R300 000 in shortfalls, saying the station is ‘teetering on the brink of closure’.
     
    The station’s managing director, Brenda Leonard, who confirmed the radio’s economic woes to the Mail & Guardian, stated that, "We have serious financial problems and will need to scale down.” Leonard added that, “If that doesn't work then we'll have to consider other options -- of which closure is one of them.
     
    To read the article titled, “Africa's oldest community radio station faces closure,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail&Guardian
  • NGO Threatens Legal Action Over Broadcasting Licence

    A Bulawayo-based NGO, Radio Dialogue, is threatening to take the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to court if the body fails to issue the organisation with a broadcasting licence.

    Radio Dialogue project coordinator, Kudzai Kwangwari, points out that the organisation will soon file court papers against BAZ since it feels there is no seriousness on the board to issue Radio Dialogue with a licence.

    “We have contacted our lawyers over the matter. If we do not get a positive response from BAZ regarding our application, we will soon be taking legal action,” explains Kwangwari.

    To read the article titled, “NGO threatens legal action over broadcasting licence,” click here.
    Source: 
    News Day
  • SENTECH Cuts Signal to 40 Radio Stations

    SENTECH, which is battling for funding to stay afloat, escalated its fight with clients that are behind on payments by shutting down the broadcasting signal distribution services of about 40 customers.

    However, National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), chairperson, Sonnyboy Masingi, said he is not aware of any stations that were shut off.

    "We know that there are some stations owing SENTECH, but it's not something that can necessitate the closure of signal to these stations. On my side I see this as a public relations exercise and a cover-up of their own problems," says Masingi.

    Masingi further says that there are 120 licensed community radio stations in the country, of which only about 95 broadcast, adding that the NCRF represents 105 stations and approximately 47 owe money to SENTECH.

    To read the article titled, “SENTECH gives dead air to deadbeat radio,” click here.

    Source: 
    Business report
  • Community Radio Takes On Gender and World Cup

    The world's media eyes will soon squarely focus on South Africa, with millions from across the globe tuning in via multimillion-dollar broadcasts. Yet, even as the international media and big broadcasters move in, and journalists descend from all over the world, in South Africa, like much of Africa, community radio is still a key source of information and news for many communities, linking local activities and issues with international perspectives.

    While other news media, especially print, struggle to keep audiences, community radio listenership in South Africa is continuously rising. According to the South African Advertising Research Foundation, community radio is improving its weekly reach, rising from 7.340 million listeners to 7.713 million between February and May this year alone.

    One of the contributing factors cited is the increasing listenership among youth and women. Perhaps it is because, although we live in an increasingly globalised world, audiences still crave community issues and information relevant to their everyday lives.

    Community radio is often more likely than mainstream media to include voices form community-based sources, and women sources. For example, monitoring of community media by Gender Links during the April 2009 elections showed that women constituted 34 percent of news sources, compared to 20 percent in monitoring of the mainstream media conducted by Media Monitoring Africa over the same period.

    In celebration of 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, Gender Links, South Africa's National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), and the Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET) conducted a debate to tackle the convergence of these issues - community media, gender, and the upcoming World Cup 2010.

    According to NCRF director Frankilin Huizies, while community stations may not have the much sought after and very expensive broadcast rights, there's many creative ways to make sure local listeners get in on the World Cup action. "How can we take advantage of the World Cup?" Huizies challenged the audience comprising mostly of community broadcasters. "Stations can do live broadcasts form unofficial fan parks, cover other activities around the tournament, and even teach their communities to speak the greetings of the incoming visitors," suggested Huizies.

    Brenda Leonard of Bush Radio echoed these thoughts, explaining that Bush's strong commitment to gender equality and ensuring the participation of women means they often get the interesting stories that everyone else misses. For example, an all woman work force was responsible for installing the stadiums beautiful and complex glass ceiling, a story that Bush sought out to cover.

    Human trafficking and possible dangers to children during the event has been a serious source of concern for the government and parents. Even before the advent of the Cup. Bush has a strategy in place to deal with such emergencies. "We have a policy that if anyone goes missing, at any time, any programme is immediately stopped and that information goes out on air," explained Leanord. "The first four hours are the most crucial, so the information is urgent."

    According to Leonard, community radio's job is also to tackle the big issues, what's gone wrong. She explained that one of the stories Bush has followed closely is the displacement of informal traders, often resulting from strict FIFA by-laws about where business can take place in and around stadiums. "All the traders are gone," she said. "We need to talk about where they are now."

    One such trader is Cecilia Dube, who was part of the crew of women that provided refreshments for workers during the construction at Soccer City outside of Johannesburg. Dube is frustrated with media, recalling many interviews that did nothing to stop the forcible removal of her and her colleagues from spaces they occupied for four years.

    For Dube, the displacement is bad enough, but adding insult to injury is the lack of recognition of the vital role such traders played. "I may not have touched a brick on that stadium," she says, "but I helped to build it. Without me and other traders, those workers would have had to travel far for food, and the job would not have been done." She wonders why all of the advertisements and television programmes have missed talking about the contribution of such women.

    Dube remembers sadly that she was ‘one of the people who jumped sky high’ at the announcement of South Africa as host. She puzzles at why the traders are suddenly deemed ‘unsightly’ and unwanted by the government. "They forget that many doctors and lawyers were raised on the earnings of such traders," she points out. "Many traders are women who are the only breadwinners in the family, and losing their income means not food or clothes for their children," she pointed out.

    Dube says the traders, or as she prefers, small business operators, are most disappointed because many thought the World Cup would mean the much needed capital to become formalised. "Provide us with an office and capital and we'll show you how informal we are," she challenged.

    According to Nomasonto Magwaza, Programme Coordinator at ESSET, the displacement has not yet ended. "We have heard that traders from Bree Mall have now been told to leave. On 21 Mach, traders were forcibly removed from Park Stations," she said. "Yet renovations slated to begin 1 May have not yet stated, and traders are asking why?"

    This kind of displacement has not received widespread coverage in the media, and there is a certain reticence to ‘spoiling the party’ yet as those present at the debate discussed, it is important to highlight the good stories, while pointing out what needs to be done differently for any future events, anywhere on the continent.

    As Kubi Rama, Deputy Director of Gender Links pointed out, "It is the voices of the Cecilia Dube's across the country that we need to hear." She recalled the recent incident where security barred a female Sowetan photographer Vathiswa Ruselo from entering a section of Orlando Stadium, stating that "You are a woman. Women have their places and that is where you belong." Rama questions, "What does this mean for coverage of the World Cup?"

    For community radio, the need to cover these stories leaves a gap. "Most community radio constituents are those who cannot afford tickets. These are the most important people to ensure access to coverage,” said Rama.

    Even without the big broadcast rights, community radio is sure to be at the centre of the action. For the hosts of the debate there is renewed commitment to ensure that community voices, especially those of women, are among those heard during all of the World Cup festivities. They agreed that while they can't change the rules of the World Cup, they can help raise the voice of public opinion, making every voice count during World Cup and beyond.

    - Deborah Walter is the Editor of the GL Opinion and Commentary Service and Director of CMFD Productions. This article is part of the GL Service that provides fresh views on everyday news. It is republished here with the permission of Gender Links.
    Author(s): 
    Deborah Walter
  • Masimanyane takes to the airwaves

    As part of our strategy to highlight the trafficking of women and girls, especially in light of the 2010 World Cup, Masimanyane staff members have recently been guests on local community radio stations and brought the organisation's message to more than half a million listeners throughout the Eastern Cape. 

    Five staff members, Lesley Ann Foster, Christopher Harper, Mbulelo Dyasi, Chumisa Dyasi and Lundi Siwundla, have spoken on TruFM and Link Radio. In addition to these staff members, two youth, who are part of our Human Rights Clubs, also joined in the discussions on Link Radio.

    The response to these sessions has been very positive and we have been encouraged by the comments made by the listeners who phoned into the programmes.

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