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Tensions over leaks tear at SABC

SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng gave the broadcaster’s acting news head Jimi Matthews a dressing down in front of staff this week at a meeting about leaks from within the corporation. Motsoeneng, who is the SABC’s acting chief operating officer, called a meeting on Tuesday with news staff and warned them they would face consequences

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Bodies write to SABC over ‘threat’

The Right2Know Campaign and SOS: Support Public Broadcasting have written to the controversial SABC board chair, Zandile Tshabalala, to ask her whether she invoked the National Key Points Act to warn staff not to leak information to the public, as staff have claimed. This was not the first time the National Key Points

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Carrim blocks SABC chair from CEO post

SABC board chair Zandile Tshabalala was nominated by her board to act as group CEO of the public broadcaster shortly after Lulama Mokhobo resigned from the post, but the communications minister was not having any of it. Tshabalala’s nomination to the acting post had to be approved

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SABC chair seeks CFO’s head

SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala has filed a labour dispute affidavit asking for the dismissal of the public broadcaster’s chief financial officer, Gugu Duda, who was found by the public protector Thuli Madonsela to have been irregularly appointed. In parliament this week

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In Hlaudi we trust

Controversy-plagued SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is going nowhere if his boss — the only person who can fire him — has her way. SABC board chairman Ellen Tshabalala said this week: “Hlaudi is diligent and very capable. The members of the board are right behind

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SABC’s Mokhobo denies massive payout

SABC group CEO Lulama Mokhobo is horrified that people are mistakenly claiming she will now get a huge payout following her resignation after only two years in the hot seat. She will not be leaving under a cloud, Mokhobo said. Media reports claimed Mokhobo was accused of an abuse of power

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Sunshine doesn’t rule this newsroom, chief

You don’t get a more hardened hack than Jimi Matthews, who as cameraman and journalist for international media ¬≠organisations during South Africa’s violent transition saw more bodies than is probably good for anyone. So what does the respected Matthews, who is now ¬≠acting group executive

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And now for the sunshine news

Sunshine will soon officially move from the weather report into the news bulletins at the SABC – and there will be at least 70% of it. The SABC’s acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has hit the campaign trail and is seeking the public support needed to ensure it is written into the corporation’s new

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SABC in call for ‘sunshine journalism’

The SABC’s acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has quantified how much sunshine news he wants in the corporation’s bulletins. The controversial executive is championing for 70% of the news stories aired by the public broadcaster to be positive. “For me, it is actually

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New channel not a propaganda tool: SABC

The SABC’s Jimi Matthews says all “checks and balances” are in place to ensure its new 24-hour news channel does not become a propaganda tool. The satellite channel launched on Thursday evening, with president Jacob Zuma in attendance for its kick-off. “I am not quite sure

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