The SABC has taken its editorial policy review road show to Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga. Issues which topped the agenda from members of the public included language, culture and funding.
Making submissions on the broadcaster’s editorial policies, the amaNdebele say their language is still not well represented on either Television or Radio.
The SABC is currently being guided by an editorial policy which came into effect in 2004.
This, after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), rejected a 2013 review finalised in 2016 stating that the amendment made by the SABC board to its editorial policies was invalid in terms of the Broadcasting Act No 4 of 1999.
But the current interim SABC board has decided that the public should now be consulted on what it wants from the public broadcaster.
And funding remains a thorny issue; the public wants the SABC to be fully funded by government for local content to improve.
Policy and Regulatory Affairs Philly Moilwa says:”The SABC cannot survive without advertising. The funding model is such that we are largely funded through commercial revenue and we are highly depended on them. So, people from time to time will hear advertisements and sponsorship that is flighted on television and radio.”
Moilwa says all input will be reviewed and consolidated to see where the policy needs to be amended.
The consultation process ends on the 31st of August.