SABC centralises editorial control

2012-12-12 07:27

Johannesburg - The SABC has allocated the editorial control of all talk shows dealing with politics and governance to news and current affairs.

"This decision will help the SABC to deliver on the requirements of the editorial policy," spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said on Tuesday.

According to the broadcaster's editorial policy, which is guided by the Broadcasting Act: "When an event of national importance is of a party political nature, editorial staff are to ensure that the SABC policies on objectivity, accuracy, fairness, impartiality and balance are adhered to."


SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said this decision would allow a "centralised way" of dealing with issues of a political nature in a "coherent and systematic way" and in line with the editorial policy.

Kganyago said this would go a long way in assisting the organisation to be accountable to the public.

On Monday, the Times reported that an anonymous letter purportedly written by SABC reporters, producers and presenters, indicated concerns of political interference at the corporation.

In the letter there were complaints that journalists were "taken to task" for not giving adequate coverage to President Jacob Zuma.

The letter was unsigned, apparently because the authors feared they would be victimised, and was addressed to the SABC board and acting news head Jimi Matthews.


"The climate of uncertainty and fear has created a state of paranoia in both the television and radio news rooms and has lowered morale," the letter read.

It also contained allegations that some programmes were cancelled after the content was announced on air, and when talk show guests had already arrived.

Political journalists were allegedly removed from their posts and analysts from their regular shows without explanation.

There were also complaints that stories about expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema were "treated differently".

  • chrisfourielipman - 2012-12-12 07:34

    SABC + Editorial Control = ANC

      nkosie.ngubane.52 - 2012-12-12 08:19

      Why do your guys realy have to bring ANC to every storry on news24?

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-12 08:29

      The heading should be "ANC, how to screw a country"

      peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-12-12 08:34

      nkosi, because this is specifically about including the ANC in all programmes in which it is mentioned.

  • steve.barrow.104 - 2012-12-12 07:37

    "Accountable to the public"?????? I doubt that very much.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-12 08:12

      Since when has the cANCer been accountable to anyone but their own thieving selves. The Chinese are coming!

  • ThaboMdodo - 2012-12-12 07:38

    What are they going to do next? ethnic cleansing? sound familiar? Germany,Uganda,Cuba? We need change of leadership and more importantly separate the state from the ANC

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-12 07:51

      Separate the state from the ANC? The politics here does not work like that. Here the cANCer tells the government and the government tells you and they have the media, judiciary, police and defence force to back them.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-12 08:17

      Couldn't agree more Thabo. Koos is right, so we need to vote the cANCer out and vote in people that can govern and are willing to serve the people. Dictatorship is not far away if this is not checked soon.

  • tsyfert - 2012-12-12 07:44

    I haven't watched the SABC in years, they have been puppets on a string for a long time.

  • gideon.walt - 2012-12-12 07:49

    Not much has changed actually. Just made public that government owns the media, which they already do.

  • peter.t.viljoen - 2012-12-12 07:50

    Damn I'm getting tired of saying "I told you so"....

      henk63 - 2012-12-12 08:35

      The conservatives of yesteryear feel the same. They must either have been clairvoyant, very intelligent, or plainly familiar with the nature of the ANC and it's followers.

  • armand.cloete.3 - 2012-12-12 07:53

    Sounds familiar - did the apartheid government not also ensure that the SABC/SAUK enforce a strickt, centralised (which is just another word for "more power for me") during the apartheid regime. Journalists should not be "dealing with issues of a political nature in a "coherent and systematic way" and in line with the editorial policy." that is not news. That is propaganda, political power over the media!

  • funiabsalomndala.funi - 2012-12-12 07:54

    Hitler did the same during his Peak!

  • odupreez - 2012-12-12 07:54

    SABC = anc Mouthpiece, run with TAX MONEY, for the advantage of the REGIME.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-12-12 08:04

    Nothing must slip through, nothing that might harm JZ.

  • cecile.kiley1 - 2012-12-12 08:05

    Welcome to a backward future.

  • cecile.kiley1 - 2012-12-12 08:14

    And now ... the end is near ... it's time to face ... that final curtain ... (apologies to Frank Sinatra this time)

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-12-12 08:15

    80's censorship rebooted

  • jeremy002 - 2012-12-12 08:16

    People, we are in deep trouble here. We need to rise up as one against political control over the media. They will not stop with the SABC but seek to rein in all independent media as well. Our last refuge will be the internet, but guess what? The UN is busy in these days working out, not so much debating, how to organise individual government control over that as well. They do not want other non-liberal, non-socialist, non-politically correct opinions or truths about world or local events aired. Think of the other side of the coin or differing opinions when it comes to global warming, Islamic terrorism, the Palestinian/Israeli question, evolution, etc, etc. They especially hate it when thinking people with relevant thought provoking opinions, who do not normally have access to the media, get given the opportunity on the internet. This is too dangerous for their agendas.

  • dorovan - 2012-12-12 08:17

    Deliver on SABC editorial policy? Read "ANC editorial policy"

  • collet.letsoalo - 2012-12-12 08:19

    ANC Gestapo at work

  • lebogang.matlala.56 - 2012-12-12 08:21

    Not surprised

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-12 08:24

    A BIG QUESTION! What is the probability that posts on this forum are being tracked by the state's security apparatus? How long before there is a knock on the door...or more likely a battering ram through it? SA is fast becoming a thug dictatorship under the anc.

      EricksonTL - 2012-12-12 08:26

      They can't work out how to fake emails from the DA yet, and they haven't yet figured out IPs... I don't think you're in too much trouble until the top brass graduate from Janet and John.

  • jonathan.warnock.5 - 2012-12-12 08:24

    Is this not the very thing that was fought against in the apartheid era, that government be allowed to decide on what where and when for the people of this country. I suppose 18 years of democracy is not bad. Let the regime begin.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-12-12 08:26

    Well done cANCer, propaganda at its best - keep on lying to the public you bunch of thieves! You bunch of idiots should concentrate on running the country first before using the media to make excuses and other false stories of "how well" you are benefiting. Lie, lie, lie, steal and cheat the lot of you!

  • cecile.kiley1 - 2012-12-12 08:27

    I'm just wondering if we shouldn't, just like with the e-tolling, ALL refuse to pay TV licences when we have ZERO say in their decision making?

  • justsayingagain - 2012-12-12 08:28

    A further move towards state intervention and control of the media for cANCer propaganda purposes. Predictable and ominous.

  • henk63 - 2012-12-12 08:28

    This is a circus, except nobody is laughing. Why don't you just say it like it is? The correct words are: "The SABC will from now on only broadcast what is approved and dictated by the ANC." See? That's not so difficult. Nice and short, and also the TRUTH.

  • ben.rootman.3 - 2012-12-12 08:29

    But this is how it should have been from the start!

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-12-12 08:32

    Viva, Stalin, Viva!

  • justsayingagain - 2012-12-12 08:35

    This is not my own quote... "The power of the press can be used to deliberately lead people astray, and to make them believe whatever propagandists want them to believe. In honor of the first man to use them I call modern propaganda and information-management techniques "Hitler's Legacy". When Adolph Hitler took power in Germany he also took over the media, and he used it to shape a modern, civilized country to his ends. With full control of the national press his propaganda minister Paul Josef Goebbels developed sophisticated and very effective tools of propaganda to control public opinion in Germany, and even in other countries". He proved that if you repeat a lie often enough in mass media, most people will accept it as the truth.

  • Psy4genic.Mgcwaba - 2012-12-12 08:51


  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-12-12 09:13

    The headline of the article is wrong, it should be "SABC censors itself using centralized editorial policy"

  • Wentzel Radcliffe - 2012-12-12 09:21


  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-12 09:22

    In other words " The ANC has spoken " and only their propoganda will be aired, no room any objective reporting.

  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2012-12-12 09:28

    By ignoring the best for the public? The BEST is to pull the plug, go home and call it a day!

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-12-12 09:29

    Not SABC, but SANCB.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-12 10:00

    no truth in the news no news about the truth SABC = ANC mouthpiece

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