SABC to launch 24-hour news channel

2012-08-06 21:35

Johannesburg - The SABC is ready to launch its new 24-hour news channel, Group CEO Lulama Makhobo said on Monday.

"We are ready... the team is busy transforming how it operates to fit in with a 24-hour service approach," she said.

The news channel would first be available on DStv and later be offered on digital terrestrial television when the signal came on.

Makhobo said the news channel would be multilingual.

"We are not seeing as being purely South African. We see it as a Pan African channel which will bring much more regularly news from the rest of the continent that affect[s] South Africa," she said.

DStv had contributed a substantial amount of money which would be paid to the SABC every month over the next five years.

"We are hoping we will be able to spread to the rest of the continent and anywhere else where Multichoice currently operates," she said.

At the beginning, the channel would start with fresh news for six hours and "rapidly" grow to the 24-hour mark.

More revenue would come from advertising as the channel gathered momentum.

Financially healthy

Earlier Makhobo confirmed that she had submitted her medical certificate, required as proof for her absence during the disciplinary hearing of news head Phil Molefe.

"The medical certificate was submitted. I was indeed very ill. The board was informed and agreed I did what I needed to do, and the board was comfortable that I had done what I needed to do," she said.

There had been reports that Makhobo was ordered by the chair of the disciplinary hearing to provide proof as to why she had been absent.

Thami Ka Plaatjie, SABC board deputy chair, said the board was aware of Makhobo's illness.

"We think that is unfair for people to say [the medical certificate] was demanded by the chairperson of the hearing," he said.

He said the public broadcaster was in a financially healthy position.

"That is why we emphasised the fact that we are able to meet the government guarantees. We speak with a liquid amount of R1bn in our account. We are stable," Ka Plaatjie said.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the acting COO, echoed Ka Plaatjie's views.

"She [Makhobo] has turned the corner at the SABC. I know people are talking but the reality at the SABC is that we have turned the corner... it is a different animal now."

Motsoeneng said the SABC would retain talent by giving its contracted workers three year-contracts instead of the traditional 12 months.


  • jonathan.fernandes.31105 - 2012-08-06 22:05

    Its a joke ....They have 3 channels filled with rubbish cause they can not afford any decent content but hey lets add channels

      Pat Kidson - 2012-08-06 22:10

      oh delighted to see dstv handing over part of our monthly subs . unacceptable

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-07 12:51

      That women in the picture is very ugly

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-06 22:14

    24 hours of ANC propaganda.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-06 22:14

    So now I not only pay taxes and a tv licence for the drivel on SABC, but must now also subsidise via my dstv subscription to have anc propaganda for 24 out 24 hours on dstv. Who on earth approved this twak? Nowhere we are safe from the anc and its sick form of mind control

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-06 22:14

    what it called anc news or kiss anc ass news, stuff you sabc, go jump with your anc criminal loving rubbish

  • yuu.mee.351 - 2012-08-06 22:22

    Date and time for start? Mxim nvm its all BS anyway, right now we are watching one of the classical \LIVE-delayed match\ on SABC1 USA v CANADA, game is backward by more then 10minutes, ufck the SouthAfricanBroadcastingClowns

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-08-06 22:24

    Have a look at DSTV's boss.....and then hazard a guess what political party they're affiliated to ;-)

      yuu.mee.351 - 2012-08-06 22:33

      I thought dstv own a chanel dedicated to what is happening at Luthuli house, check your buqouet

  • yuu.mee.351 - 2012-08-06 22:28

    Fortunately SA Broadcasting Clowns get 80 percent of their funding from advertising companies, then the other from your TV LIC of which I see no reason to pay, its like renting for my own tv set, so we don't need to worry about monies

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-08-06 22:33

    SABC as a public broadcaster should promote all 11 official languages particularly indigenous languages not only 2 as they currently doing .

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-06 22:56

    They are going to launch a 24hour \multilingual\ Pan African channel. What a joke! Multilingual 24hour News Channel? They gonna do what? Are the clowns at Auckland Park nuts? I'll rather stick with the repeats on the eNews channel, than watching prostitute Zooooma entertaining a bunch of moronic ANC supporters on a stage with his singing and dancing skills. That's what will be shown 11 times in 11 languages. Could be more, they might decide to add French, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic, Chinese...too. Geeeeeeez.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-08-06 23:02

    A 24 hour channel transmitting the same thing over and over after hours.

  • glencoe.maseko - 2012-08-06 23:06

    turn da corner my foot\r\n1)picture quality is bad soccer games... \r\n2)U play same old boring movies again n again 3) Soupies are still bad/boring \r\nEspecially SABC 1, The channel dat's suppose to be better *bored face*

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-06 23:22

    Long overdue, Time to educate the people about ANC corruption and their luck of leadership.

  • hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-08-07 08:25

    I can see it now. The same five items over and over. Then the breaking news on the colour of an ANC spokespersons toilet tissue after wiping his mouth.

  • damonsb - 2012-08-07 08:30

    News news news and more news...what next.Somebody please cut the sabc line it aint worth it

  • anton.dwl - 2012-08-07 09:08

    ...Again...they tried it once before and failed. What a waste of tax payers money

  • mholthuysen - 2012-08-07 09:11

    Again? Did they not fail with that in the first time.... more ANC propaganda on SANC 1, SANC 2, SANC 3 - and soon to come on SANC "News" 24

  • mike.hunnt.140 - 2012-08-07 10:08

    Does nobody see the irony in this? SABC.. news channel. ON DSTV?? We all know how pathetic they are, and now even they realise it that they have to rely on a private service to pump out their propaganda. PATHETIC

  • mbongiseni.s.shongwe - 2012-08-07 10:27

    A 24hour news channel? Which means they'll be repeating one thing

  • AmosMoledi - 2012-08-07 11:15

    Who is going to even bother wathing this channel?

  • elias.matlaila - 2012-08-07 11:16

    Ppl u don't know how many ppl lost they job after the closing of the channel 3years ago.its high ime they open it again.we need work

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-08-07 11:50

    Please Multichoice/DSTV I do not want any SABC channels on my decoder and I certainly do not want you to pay any monies over to the ANC lead and controlled TV station. The SABC is a national embarrassment, the quicker it is privatized, the better for the citizens of this country.

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-08-07 12:31

    Yeah, three channels that are useless rubbish!

  • damonsb - 2012-08-07 17:10

    All comments here are from ordinary South African folks.And they all almost says the same thing.SABC suck.DSTV is kinda following that same route.My personal point ,they play too much soap and i noticed that its all about the life around us.Booz and ciggies.Rape and murder.TV aint TV if you don`t have a DVD player nowadays.I say OUT with SABC and In with DVD XBOX and PS3.

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