South Africans soak up Springbok news - survey

2016-06-19 12:13

Johannesburg - South Africans proved their sports-mad status this week, with news about the Springboks topping most of the headlines, Roi Africa said on Sunday.

“The Springboks take first position; Youth Day and Zuma are neck and neck with Oscar Pistorius slightly behind [in terms of news coverage],” said the media monitoring company’s head Tonya Khoury in a statement.

The national rugby team was the topic of just over 11% of all  news coverage, followed by Youth Day and stories about President Jacob Zuma which both took just over 10% proportions of stories.

The sentencing of murder-convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius was discussed in just over 9% of all national news.

New stories in the SA media this week include a filmed racist rants released in public this week, Eskom and the voter’s roll.

On social media, the Youth Day commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings was in top position with over one third of all posts being about this historical moment.

The Pistorius trial and Father’s Day were in second position, each compromising of nearly 14% of all social media chatter.

Pistorius also made a dent in international news headlines with 1.63% of global news being about the fallen sporting hero.

The shooting at an Orlando nightclub was the top story around the world – followed by the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Combined, these two stories made up 65% of all news internationally this week.

Amidst the smaller stories, there was somewhat telling irony in the fact that “Boko Haram killing 18 women at a funeral ma[de] half the coverage of Big Brother UK”.

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