First government-run radio station ‘won’t be propaganda tool’

2013-10-17 16:20

The first government-run radio station, Ubuntu Radio, will not be a propaganda tool, department of international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela has said.

Briefing the media ahead of the internet radio station’s launch tonight, Monyela said it would be a “platform” for people to engage as well as for the department to make South Africa’s views on foreign policy issues known.

He also said the station “will be covering the (general) elections next year, (but would cover it) differently from other broadcasters. It will be informed by the focus of the station,” he said.

The station would be using existing studios at the department that were built for recording press releases for radio.

Monyela did not say how much it would cost, but said “it is one of the cheapest things to set up and run an online radio station”.

The department was also working on smartphone and tablet applications, and the station would be available worldwide.

Presenters on the station would include Professor Eddy Maloka from Wits, Siphamandla Zondi from the Institute for Global Dialogue, brand manger Thebe Ikalafeng, African music expert Richard Nwamba, Twitter personality and social activist Chief Ntshingila, as well as youth activist and journalist Mabine Seabe.

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