Icasa probes cancellation of radio show

2012-12-06 22:11

Johannesburg - The last-minute cancellation of a MetroFM discussion on the ANC's upcoming national conference will be investigated, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) said on Thursday.

"The authority has requested the SABC to provide facts related to this incident," Icasa said in a statement.

"[This is] with the purpose of determining whether the incident referred to constitutes a violation of its licence terms and conditions as well as the SABC editorial policy.

"The authority will apply its mind to determine its next course of action."

The broadcaster was given until Tuesday to respond.

Comment from SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago could not immediately be obtained.

Three political journalists were scheduled to appear on MetroFM's "Talk with Sakina", presented by Sakina Kamwendo, on Tuesday to discuss media coverage of the conference in Mangaung.

The talk was cancelled at the last minute.

Sunday Times political editor S'thembiso Msomi, Business Day political editor Sam Mkokeli and Financial Times Southern African bureau chief Andrew England were reportedly already at the SABC studios when the interview was cancelled.

SABC group radio executive Leslie Ntloko said on Wednesday that management had received the list of guests for the cancelled segment late.

When management learnt the ANC was not participating, the plug was pulled.

He said the ANC needed to be a part of the discussion.

"We looked at [the briefing] and asked whether there was fairness and balance. We took the decision because there was no fairness," Ntloko said.

He cited SABC rules that when an issue involved an event of national importance, and a political party, that party had to be invited to participate.

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-06 22:31

    To apply ones mind implies that you have a brain which is not the case with these idiots

      thutothegreat - 2012-12-07 14:00

      I see a new "Law" coming, political journalists are not allowed to comment on a Political party without the presence of a member of that political party.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-06 22:36

    A couple of matters to consider whilst probing. Do the anc demands an unbiast reporter to be present when they get on tv or radio, to give us the other side of the story? No! So why must the anc be present when they would be the point of discussion? The management of the ANCBS is what is wrong with this country and needs to be removed.

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-12-06 22:51

    I am watching this one closely to see what Icasa. How Sabc thought Anc needed to be represented is beyond me. How can they want Anc to be represented when journalists are interviewed because in any case when journalists report they report what they want to report as they see an issue without political parties having to be represented when a journalist compiles a report. This is injustice and I am sure it is unconstitutional.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-06 23:24

    Has anybody seen Freedom today?. What.. incarcerated with Free-speech..

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-12-07 05:36

    Come on people, lets get real. The SABC is not going to let the hand that feeds them get bitten. We all know that they are the anc mouth piece.

  • chiepner - 2012-12-07 08:03

    Pay your TV License. It is the right thing to do?

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-07 08:47

    Apparently the ANC representative refused the invitation - so must everything be brought to a halt because their Rep doesn't turn up???

  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-12-07 09:03

    Does anybody have a copy of this recording?

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