The SABC appears determined to retain its controversial policy of assigning the CEO the responsibility of editor-in-chief, despite several objections. In the past the public broadcaster has been highly susceptible to outside commercial and political pressure. The ability to influence the SABC’s coverage is particularly controversial close to elections. In terms of the state broadcaster’s draft editorial policy, the role of editor-in-chief is one of many responsibilities the CEO assumes on appointment. "It [upward referral] is an approach that is taken by the world’s premier public broadcasters. It assumes that editorial staff is familiar with the functions, duties and values of the public broadcaster and are in the best position to make editorial decisions," the draft reads. Draft guidelines The SABC embarked on a process to review its 2004 editorial policy in 2017 and has put together draft guidelines based on submissions it has received received to date. The second round of publi...

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