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I expected so much more from the SABC - William Bird

William Bird, Director at Media Monitoring Africa, writes about his disappointment in the SABC following the release of the latest report into the public broadcaster’s poor governance by The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. Bird notes that to be reduced to so much less, as the SABC has been, is a tragedy for South Africa’s young democracy.

SABC is ‘too important’ to be allowed to collapse, says William Bird

William Bird, Director at Media Monitoring Africa, highlights in this Business Day article the importance of the public broadcaster, the SABC, and says that it must not be allowed to collapse. Bird also calls for the SABC to be placed under administration immediately, following confirmation by the broadcaster of the resignation of its GCEO, Ms Lulama Mokhobo. According to Bird, the news of the resignation was devastating to the country and put the credibility of the SABC under scrutiny again.

Schoolboy killing: how far should the media go?

The story of the murder of a pupil at a KwaZulu-Natal school that was caught on camera has brought to the fore a number of critical editorial considerations. This following the publication of the video by various local media including The Daily Sun. William Bird, Director at Media Monitoring Africa and Daily Sun publisher Jeremy Gordin debated this issue during the eNews Channel’s News Night programme with Jeremy Maggs. Click to read the full story and watch the heated yet interesting, insightful and informative debate on VIDEO HERE.

MMA’s William Bird comments on SABC-MultiChoice deal and’s OpenView HD

William Bird, Director of Media Monitoring Africa, commenting on the broadcasting deal between the SABC and MultiChoice, said the contract was great for MultiChoice, but devastating for the SABC in financial terms. Mr Bird also indicated that the deal was a devastating development for South Africa’s democracy as it gave a commercial broadcaster total control over a public broadcaster, which was totally unheard of.

Sexwale divorce: The naming of names is a difficult matter, writes William Bird

William Bird, Director of Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), discusses the dynamics of the naming of parties involved in a divorce case and the publication of details thereof by the media. Using the Tokyo Sexwale divorce story as published by The Star and Sunday Times newspapers, Bird discusses the rights and the wrongs of publishing such information and what the law says regarding such publication.

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