Minister takes aim at print media

2015-04-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Parliament will investigate a “regulatory system for the print media” if Communications Minister Faith Muthambi gets her way.

Muthambi’s department and the entities that report to her made a presentation to the communications committee on their priority plans yesterday.

She said the department plans an intervention to help with a regulatory system for the print media, to set up “a more balanced and satisfactory regime in this industry”.

These remarks did not elicit any discussion in the committee.

According to the presentation, the department’s “most important challenges” are:

• The media is still largely controlled by monopoly players, with ownership and management still very far from demographically representative, which necessitates transformation;

• Content is controlled by a minority of companies;

• The challenges posed by the rise of social media;

• Poor financing of the national broadcaster, and

• Unfulfilled potential of public and community broadcasting.

The department sees one of its roles as “protecting and defending” the image of the government by ­proactively conveying government messages and portraying “service ­delivery successes, challenges and corrective plans”.

She said another role is to make more South Africans feel patriotic pride.

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