Media reports over the weekend state that a new directive to SABC staff has apparently banned its radio stations from running with open line programmes. The logic of the decision appears to be: our radio presenters, despite some having been on air for many years, have of late lost one of their key abilities in doing their job — to ensure fair and diverse programming. They are no longer able, unlike their more finely trained and skilled news and current affairs hosts, to risk open lines for fear that they might be subverted by those seeking to pursue their own agenda or for electioneering purposes.  Read the article here