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SABC seeks public views over its editorial policy

Romio Ndove

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says the 90% local content must be reviewed and the outlooks of the public would be considered before implementing the new policy.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

The SABC says it will visit various areas in the country from the end of the month to chat with members of the public regarding its editorial policies.

The interim board says that this is part of its duty to restore governance and credibility at the SABC.

Last year Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng initiated a 90% local content and also burn broadcast of violent protest on SABC News bulletins which sparked chaos at the public broadcaster.

Yet, local musicians praised Motsoeneng, saying that this policy helped them to get exposure.

The SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago says the public broadcaster will consider views from members of the public before implementing editorial policy.

“We’re the ones going out there to ensure we get as much local content as we can. We have made it very clear that we’re not anti-local content or anti-transformation. We only want to do this the right way.”

The Interim board says the Public Broadcaster improved financially after some of the investor’s pull out last year dues to internal crises.