9 October 2023, SABC News
Media watchdogs SOS Support Public Broadcasting and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) have outrightly rejected the new SABC Bill and call for its withdrawal. In a joint statement issued by SOS: Support Public Broadcasting, previously known as Save Our SABC Coalition, as well as Media Monitoring Africa, the two media advocacy groups say the Bill presents extreme threats to the SABC’s editorial and institutional independence. Interest groups say while the Bill is supposed to improve the functioning of the SABC as a multi- channel, multi-platform content services provider, making it better suited to fulfil its mandate, it seems to do the opposite, and it fails to address the public broadcaster’s funding model. Joining us now are SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition National Coordinator Uyanda Siyotula, as well as two media experts Professor Justine Limpitlaw, electronic communications consultant, also professor at LINK Centre, WITS, and BEMAWU President Hannes du Buisson. Prof Justine Limpitlaw: Electronic communications consultant For more news, visit sabcnews.com and #SABCNews on all Social Media platforms.