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MMA welcomes the resignation of the SABC Board Chair Ms Ellen Tshabalala

MMA welcomes the decision taken by Ms. Ellen Tshabalala to resign as the SABC Chairperson of the board. While positive we cannot lose sight on the importance of good governance at the SABC, as well as to ensure appropriate accountability mechanisms are put into place.

MMA calls on SABC Chair, Ms Ellen Tshabalala to resign immediately

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) welcomes the decision taken by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on an issue that has not only further damaged the integrity of the SABC but also cost Ms Ellen Tshabalala her reputation. We therefore call on the SABC Chair, Ms Ellen Tshabalala to resign with immediate effect.

Editorial control of talk shows at SABC raise concern

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is concerned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s announcement of its decision “to centralise the editorial direction and control of all the talk shows that deal with issues of politics and governance, [o]n all radio stations, [into the hands of the] news and current affairs [department].” This decision has far reaching implications, not only for the broadcaster’s radio services but most importantly for the listeners, as it adds a new level of bureaucracy to talk show programmes.

MMA launches reports on media coverage of children and Children’s News Agency website

Children account for 39% of our population but only 12% of news stories mention them. Why should this matter? In South Africa, we have significant challenges and long term solutions to all of them, from child abuse, crime, unemployment and poverty – all of which require a focus on children. How do the media perform when it comes to reporting on children and their issues, then? Read MMA’s press release on the launch of two reports on the portrayal of children in the media and the Children’s News Agency website all aimed at unpacking some of these issues and addressing them.

Reporting on Children and Reporting by Children Launch Invite

On Tuesday, 17 July 2012, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) will be launching two reports on the portrayal of children in South African and Zambian media. MMA will be also be launching its Children’s News Agency website. Join us and find out which media performed best and learn a little more about the Children’s News Agency.

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