That’s correct. In case you’ve been under a rock for the past week, the SABC has been hit with a spate of board member resignations. Last night was the worst of the blood-letting with six board members tendering their resignations in quick succession. This morning, only three board members remained: Pippa Green, Susan Vos, and [...]
Last night, minutes before a MetroFM DJ was due to hold an interview about the ANC’s upcoming elective conference, the hand of censorship showed up and the interview was canned.
Just as they did with that AXE for men commercial, the SABC has banned another TV ad, only drawing more attention to it in the first place. This time it’s a fish and chips ad, and wait ’til you hear the reasons they gave for the banning…
That’s right. Would you believe that the biggest “you owe us” national pest in South Africa – the SABC – are under investigation by the National Consumer Commission? Yes, that’s right. Basically, if you feel pressure to pay your TV license, let this article clear your conscience. According to TimesLive: Letters of demand, text messages and calls to customers [...]
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Treasury have seen the SABC’s proposed 24-Hour news channel business plan, and sent it packing.
Lonmin makes offer to workers. Malema in firing line. Topless pics of Kate hit stands today. Calls for calm as protests erupt over anti-islam film. Film maker is a meth cooker. Lamborghini recalls 1,500 supercars. The crazy things women will do when turned on.
DStv has recently graciously lifted its self-imposed suspension of Nando’s “Diversity” anti-xenophobia ad. But it seems this incredibly generous move by DStv has gone unappreciated by Nando’s. The restaurant-chain says it won’t be spending any money to have that advert flighted on DStv.
Not one of South Africa’s TV channels have had the balls to show the new Nando’s TV advert. So TopTV has decided to step up and teach the rest a lesson in freedom of speech. They say it should be up to the public to choose whether or not they want to watch it.
It hasn’t been a good time for the SABC. They’ve lost a studio in a fire, and their agreement with SuperSport to broadcast international rugby matches has come to an end. Could the “delayed live” broadcasting of international rugby be handed over to another free-to-air broadcaster?
Cleaning operations are currently underway at the SABC in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. This follows a fire at the Henley Studios building at around 20h00 last night. This is the studio where Isidingo is shot. But who started it? My money is on Cherel, though authorities say no foul play is suspected at this stage.
Less than a week ago Nando’s launched their popular #Diversity campaign, which celebrates SA’s rich cultural heritage. Shortly afterward, local channels banned the television ad, which they claimed “trivialises xenophobia” and “could be deemed offensive”. Nando’s are not having it.
SABC viewers expressed their “shock” and “confusion” this morning when popular morning lifestyle, news and current affairs daily, Expresso failed to go on air at the usual 06h00. What possible reason could there be behind this travesty?! And, is there another way to get it all in the morning?
South Africa’s transition to full digital terrestrial broadcasting is one of those processes that one measures in aeons, like the lifespan of stars or the inexorable evolution of monkey-fish-frogs into homo sapiens. The Ministry of Communications released the latest twist in this lengthy tale this morning, so get your R700 Set Top Box fee ready while we explore Dina’s latest digital daydream, after the jump!
The SABC has long ago stopped being anything but a joke, due to mismanagement, scaly news editors, and failure to provide anything decent for us to watch. The latest scandal involving the nation’s broadcaster involves its spending R20 million on luxury vehicles for its “news team” in September.
Please notice the “allegedly” up there. Reports claim that two senior officials at the SABC have been arrested in London after refusing to pay two prostitutes for their services; the two men were in the UK for a business school initiative set up between South African and British academic boards.
South African broadcasters are planning to launch their digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering in April next year. All except the SABC, that is. They want R1,6 billion from the government to make it happen, as well as R90 million for “marketing”, and also another R145 million for a “new digital master control centre.” No word yet on when they are actually going to start making decent shows.
A probe into the SABC has revealed that the national broadcaster has been paying for its employees’ M-Net and DStv subscriptions. You can’t really blame the SABC’s employees for preferring non-SABC programming. But it does seem a little silly for the national broadcaster to be forking out for its own staff’s subscription television “privileges”. Especially when online TV is cheaper.
The SABC says its own internal investigation has found no evidence to substantiate a news article that claims the broadcaster paid Chief Mandla Mandela three million Rand for the rights to former president Mandela’s funeral.
In the olden days, when certain people wanted to appear superior to everyone else in the room, they’d loudly proclaim, “Oh, but I don’t watch TV.” Usually in the middle of a riveting conversation on the exact hue of Tamara Dey’s lipstick, or something as earth-shatteringly important as that. “TV is filled with such junk, [...]
I hope by now that you’re all well versed in sarcasm, and you’ll take the first part of that headline appropriately. Here’s the scoop: Convicted fraudster and conman extraordinaire, Tsepang Morie, managed to hoodwink the entire Springbok rugby team and management by posing as the head of the team’s security detail ahead of their first [...]