Top media houses to make submissions

2013-04-17 19:32

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Johannesburg - The country's biggest media houses will make submissions to the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task Team (PDMTTT) next week, the organisation said on Wednesday.

"On... 25 and 26 April next week, the task team will hear submissions from the industry's key major players - Media 24, Independent News Limited, Mail and Guardian, BDFM, Caxton, and Times Media Group," said PDMTTT spokesperson Neo Bodibe.

"These hearings were earlier postponed due to concerns over an ongoing investigation by the Competition Commission into alleged anti-competitive behaviour."

PDMTTT was launched in September 2012 by the print and digital media industry to look into and recommend ways of ensuring transformation of the industry.

The task team has received about 40 written submissions from mainstream, small private, and community media businesses, as well as other stakeholders.

It has since held public hearings where 44 groups made presentations around how they thought the industry could and should be transformed.

These groups included small independent publishers, civil society, non-governmental organisations, research groups, media activists, political, and labour organisations.

Among contributors were the African National Congress, Azanian People's Organisation, Congress of SA Trade Unions, Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, and National Council of Trade Unions.

PDMTTT also heard from statutory bodies, such as the Competition Commission and Media Development and Diversity Agency.

The New Age has declined to participate, while the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) is still to decide whether to make a presentation.

The task team is to produce a report at the end of its work in June, which will form the basis of a blueprint for transforming the print and digital media in the country.

Public hearings taking place next week will look at, among other things, ownership, management, control, employment equity, skills development, preferential procurement, enterprise development, and low levels of black ownership in the media.

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