SABC promises... fact or fiction?

2013-04-02 13:33
So…the SABC has come out to defend all the "painful" negative publicity they've received recently.

Having made headlines for repeating shows (think McGyver); firing, hiring and resigning of board members; a lack of quality news content and canning their very own commissioned documentaries (think Project Spear), the SABC has now decided to have their say.

During an interview on SABC3's new hour long news bulletin on Monday evening, CEO of the SABC, Lulama Mokhobo spoke about the broadcaster's ongoing battles, public shame and addressed the SABC's image problem.

Her defence you might ask? "Judge us by what you actually see on the channels."

Okay, well, uhm…huh?

Yes, that's what the SABC is saying.

A a DStv watcher myself, who only got DStv so my husband can satisfy his sport addiction, I once was a SABC watcher. And this was basically because at that stage I couldn't afford DStv so I was forced to watch SABC. And during that time the only show I actually followed and enjoyed was Gossip Girl. And I won't even say "followed" or "enjoyed", as I merely stumbled upon it accidentally every Monday night. (Really, it's true)

I also did a mini research project for one of my study modules at that time in which I investigated how many programmes that aired during primetime on SABC3 were made in the US. And the findings were astonishing, well not really, as I already knew what it would reveal.

My point? My experience of watching SABC was really disappointing, to say the least. And to be honest I haven't really watched a lot of SABC since then, the reason being, as one of my colleagues so wisely pointed out to me: The SABC just don't have a good reputation.

Addressing viewers' complaints about the massive number of repeats and rebroadcasts on SABC, Mokhobo promised "great new content" for its viewers. I have to give it to Mokhobo, it was a smart move to announce "new content" on a new hour long news bulletin. As for other new content, SABC3's new drama High Rollers starts tonight at 20:30.

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Here's to hoping (and praying) that the SABC delivers on its promises of new and interesting TV content!

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