SABC and Motsoeneng hog the headlines

2016-07-03 21:23


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Johannesburg – Nearly one in five stories appearing in local media this week were about the controversy at the SABC, a media monitoring company said on Sunday.

The public broadcaster’s COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and his decision to censor the news made up 19% of local news coverage for the past seven days, ROi Africa said in a statement.

Stories about the August 3 local government elections comprised 14% of South African news, followed by reports on President Jacob Zuma and the ANC, at 11%.

On social media, the vast majority of conversations, 36% of them, were about Motsoeneng and the SABC. This was more than discussions about the EFF, the DA and the ANC combined. Caster Semenya winning three gold medals at the African Athletics Championships in Durban got less than 1% of people talking. 

Racist guest house owner Andre Slade received 4% of the attention on social media this week.

In term so of international news, the biggest attention-grabbing story was Britain’s exit from the European Union. Two-thirds, or 66%, of all media reports over the past week covered this event. The Euro 2016 soccer championship was featured in 5% of reports, and the Olympics in 4%.

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