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Print media must take transformation task team seriously, says William Bird

The director of Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird, is concerned that Caxton’s decision to pull out of presenting to the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task Team will put the process at risk.

DTT Draft Regulations hearings underway

The South African Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is holding public hearings this week on the digital terrestrial television (DTT) Draft Regulations. Presentations from the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, Media Monitoring Africa and public broadcaster SABC are scheduled.

Media Monitoring Africa calls for Press Council overhaul

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has called on the Press Council of South Africa to make significant changes so that it can better protect consumers against a media that is “dumbing down” readers by favouring titillation and personality politics over democratic issues and development stories.

“The commercial imperative (of the press) does affect our democracy because we know the key imperative there is profit making and therefore you are going to sing to the tune of your advertisers,” said MMA policy head Prinola Govenden.

Comment on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill

In this videoclip, William Bird of Media Monitoring Africa speaks with Polity’s Amy Witherden on the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill, which was released for public comment in October 2009.

New deadline for broadcasting bill ‘cosmetic’

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Siphiwe Nyanda yesterday bowed to public pressure and extended the deadline for public comment on the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill to January 15, but media watchdog Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) called the extension “cosmetic”.

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