The SABC has moved to justify its decision to fire former chief operating officer Chris Maroleng, saying he was charged for breaching his fiduciary duties as a director and for “gross negligence”.
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Chris Maroleng, the former MTN Group senior executive, has been fired as chief operating officer of the public broadcaster with immediate effect. He had been in the role for just over a year.
The SABC board and senior executives have told MPs that they have begun a process to consult labour unions over its intention to retrench permanent staffers and freelancers.
The current board and CEO of the SABC are the strongest the public broadcaster has had in at least 15 years. They should be left to get on with the job of repairing the damage caused by their predecessors.
The SABC on Wednesday set out in detail why it needs to retrench staff, with group CEO Madoda Mxakwe saying the public broadcaster is “technically insolvent”.
Communications regulator Icasa has announced it will conduct a regulatory impact assessment on television must-carry regulations following strenuous objections by the SABC.
The controversial channel supply agreement between the SABC and MultiChoice has run its course, with the two broadcasters signing a new deal that allows SABC News and SABC Encore to continue to be broadcast on DStv.
MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela has hit out at the SABC’s call for it to pay to carry its public service channels on DStv, saying it will not do so if so-called “must-carry” regulations are amended or scrapped
Must-carry regulations, which require DStv parent MultiChoice and other satellite pay-television providers to carry the SABC’s three free-to-air channels, are unfair and commercial broadcasters are exploiting
Chris Maroleng has officially been appointed as the new chief operating officer of the SABC and will start work on 1 February, SABC News Online reported on Tuesday. His appointment comes despite apparent objections