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SABC to rebrand programs

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says South Africans can, from Monday, look forward to reworked and rebranded programming across its television, radio and online platforms.

The public broadcaster says the changes are designed to keep up with the modern broadcast environment and emerging digital opportunities.

The SABC says this includes providing a premium source of news in South Africa and the continent.

The changes will start being implemented from Monday, including a faster paced Morning Live programme on SABC 2.

SABC News on all radio platforms will have a distinct signature tune for news bulletins that will reflect the identity of their premium news source.

Commenting on the repositioning journey, Group Executive of News and Current Affairs, Phathiswa Magopeni stated, “SABC News is the largest news brand in the country, and there is no better way to affirm our role and impact on South Africans than to reimagine and transform our brand to speak to the soul of the nation in a way that is balanced and unrestrained.”

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Subscription TV broadcasting services on spotlight at Icasa inquiry

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The subscription television broadcasting services came under the spotlight at an inquiry at Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The regulatory body held public hearings as part of its mandate to promote competition in the broadcasting and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors.

The purpose of this inquiry is to establish factors that have contributed to new broadcasting licensees not being able to successfully launch their services and attract a number of new subscribers.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s main bone of contention in this inquiry is what it describes as unfair competition from its competitors.

SABC Chief Operations Officer Chris Maroleng is worried about advertising limitations among other things, saying some of the public broadcaster competitors seem to be benefiting from more advertising, and this gives them an unfair advantage.

The public broadcaster has proposed that the current regulations be amended to level the playing field in the broadcasting sector.  Following this inquiry the information collected will be published for further consultation.

 

 

Below is the SABC presentation to ICASA on Inquiry into Competition in the subscription broadcasting market:

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Louw’s picture of Martin Luther King remains historic

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As the world commemorated this week the assassination of American Civil Rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, South African media community also remembers SA photographer Joseph Louw.

Louw was the only photographer to get pictures of Dr King seconds after he was shot dead in April 1968.

Former SABC News Editor Joe Thloloe remembers Louw as an excellent journalist. He says when Louw took the picture of King, it was a historic moment.

Louw, who was booked three rooms away from Dr King’s hotel room, was working on a documentary on the Civil Rights Leader.

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Louw is one Journalist who has paved the way for SA media globally, his pictures have been used over 50 years since King’s assassination.

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Thloloe says Journalists today can learn to be relentless from legends like Louw and cease every opportunity to capture a moment.

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Thloloe says because of journalists like Louw, it is important that Freedom of Expression thrives.  He says to preserve the legacy of such journalists, we need to have a form of memorial where we see the work of the likes of Louw.

“Journalists sacrificed their lives to tell South Africans stories. These are people who need to be remembered in a Hall of Fame.”

Joe Louw, who also worked for SABC, died in Johannesburg at the age of 64, in 2004.

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SABC remembers Bra Hugh Masekela

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The South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) on Tuesday joined the nation in sending condolences to Bra Hugh Masekela’s family.

The world acclaimed Jazz veteran passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with prostate cancer. The public broadcaster has acknowledged the role played by Bra Hugh in making South Africa a better country.

“At home, Bra Hugh, as he was affectionately known, assisted the SABC to achieve its public service mandate which is to educate and entertain the people of South Africa. His has left an indelible footprint for upcoming musicians to draw inspiration from. His immense contribution to the music industry and to humanity will never be for gotten,” read the statement.

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‘SABC has not hired COO’

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The heated issue regarding the SABC’s alleged appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO) still drew various comments yesterday, with the Department of Communications emphasising it was yet to be consulted. This was in accordance with an order issued last month by the North Gauteng High Court. Following media reports on Sunday claiming the
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SABC staff to strike over salaries

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Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) has issued the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) with a notice of a strike on Thursday. The dispute by the staff at the SABC affiliated to Bemawu is over salaries which the union allege that they have not increased. The workers are demanding an increase of about 10%. The
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‘I’m more than just a president’s ex-wife’

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The attempts, whether deliberate or accidental, to reduce ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s agency and status as a woman to the role of being President Jacob Zuma’s former wife came under the spotlight at the weekend. Speaking at the South African Religious Forum in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, Dlamini Zuma broke her silence to describe the
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Calls for Hlaudi’s testimony rejected

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Panel discusses the leaked SABC draft report

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