“Pay your TV license, it’s the right thing to do” That’s the message from the national broadcaster that graces our TV screens every year encouraging South Africans to pay their TV licenses. In some of the adverts the national broadcaster claims that by paying the TV licenses South Africans will improve the quality of the content it delivers to the public. For years I have been disputing this, but as a responsible citizen ended up paying my TV license, which is the wrong thing to do. I mean who still wants to watch The A team, McGyver and Lesilo Rula? They are great but they have passed their sell by date.
When the Westgate mall in Kenya was attacked in September the SABC reported it as if it was a story about a chicken laying an egg. Poor TV license payers had to watch Lesilo Rula and The A team instead of getting coverage of what was happening in Kenya.
On Friday we lost Nelson Mandela and the SABC did an honourable thing by stopping normal programming on all its four channels, SABC1, 2, 3, and the 24 hour news channel, so that it can keep the nation informed. This was good and expected from the national broadcaster but the national broadcaster got it all wrong proving once again that paying your TV license is not the right thing to do. All the four channels were showing the same thing, I mean what was being broadcast on SABC 1 was broadcast on all the other channels at the same time.
In my opinion the national broadcaster was not ready for this big event. How can you have all four channels broadcasting the same thing at the same time? Was it not easier for the national broadcaster to dedicate the 24 hours news channel and one of the channels to live broadcasts? Then other two channels then focus on the history of Mandela or how he touched lives around the globe. The national broadcaster needs to take us seriously and stop feeding us third grade material
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