Copyright Amendment Bill advances despite outcry

Critics of the proposed law say it is devoid of logic in some of its proposals

SABC fined R32m by Competition Tribunal

This follows a R22m fine Naspers’s DStv received, along with most other media groups, for colluding on advertising rates

Parliament halts shortlisting for SABC board

Most parties agree that exit interviews to ascertain the problems experienced should happen before board vacancies are filled

Parliament hopes to finalise shortlist of SABC board members in March

Hlengiwe Mkhize, who chairs the portfolio committee on communications, says the recommendation of candidates should be done before parliament rises

SABC blames ‘technical glitch’ for nonpayment of salaries

The beleaguered broadcaster has assured staff that their salaries will be paid on Tuesday

SABC board left toothless as more directors resign

The resignations leave the board on the brink of collapse

Stalemate at SABC as minister and board haggle over planned retrenchments

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has made it clear that she is opposed to retrenchments

Guptas’ Midrand property auctioned for R29.5m

Controversial family bought the Midrand property for R30m in 2007

Cost-cutting ideas by SABC may include retrenchments

The loss-making broadcaster spends about R3bn a year to pay the salaries of just over 3,000 employees

Bloomberg and the Ford Foundation gives five SA NGOs media grants

The funds, awarded over two years, ‘aim to elevate voices from local communities and further the development of citizen journalism and community reporting’

The president extends investigation into SABC finances to July 6

The Special Investigating Unit is looking at mismanagement and procurement irregularities, and wants to recoup more than R30m from Hlaudi Motsoeneng

SABC sets up two commissions of inquiry, on sexual harassment and editorial interference, respectively

The two commissions will run from June 1 to July 31 and no SABC members will take part so they remain independent

SuperSport presenters off air pending a review after Ashwin Willemse walks off

SuperSport is to use legal mediation after Willemse accused Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of patronising him, as discussions seem to have broken down

Press ombud says editors are eagerly embracing self-regulation system

Johan Retief says more than ever, newsrooms are seeking guidance on the press code and that courses on media ethics are readily available

SABC spent nearly R700,000 on travel costs for parliamentary probe

Some of the board members and executives then refused to testify — in effect getting a luxury holiday on the taxpayer’s tab

Editor’s forum asks for evidence after claims about reporters colluding with apartheid state

A documentary on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela contains claims that 40 journalists collaborated with apartheid officials to discredit the struggle icon


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