SABC to get content advisory board

2012-05-09 15:33
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The government is creating a Production and Content Advisory Board which will advise the SABC and South Africa's TV industry on the local content they should be producing.

South Africa's minister of communications, Dina Pule, told Parliament on Tuesday that she will be appointing a Production and content advisory board soon as part of the SABC's digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration process.

This board will advise the SABC - and South African's TV industry - about content.

Opposition concerns

Opposition parties voiced concern in parliament that such a board will have to be free of political interference.

The SABC wants to expand from three TV channels to eventually 18 in total during South Africa's switch-over to digital broadcasting, a process known as digital migration.

The new channels will include 24-hour news channel to replace SABC News International (which was closed down) and a sports channel, SABC Sport.

Pule said she and the department of communications fully support the SABC's 24-hour news channel plans.

The SABC's new CEO, Lulama Mokhobo, told parliament last week that the SABC plans to start test broadcasts of the new 24-hour news channel at the end of the year.

Temporary board?

The aim of the Production and Content Advisory Board is to help the SABC but also the broader South African TV industry with content development.

"First, it's not going to be full time. Two, it's going to be an Advisory Board which is going to advise the minister - not necessarily the SABC. Thirdly, it is going to advise on content production and advise on strategies for content production in the digital television era," Pule told parliament.

Eric Kholwane, the chairperson of parliament's portfolio committee on communications, said chapter nine of the Broadcasting Act of 1999 says that the minister of communications must establish a South African Broadcasting Production Advisory Board which has to advise the minister on the development, production and display of local television and radio content.

"We urge the minister to do so," said Kholwane.


  • Bryan - 2012-05-09 16:05

    Re-runs of Dallas and Falcon's crest just ain't gonna do it SABC..!!

      Shaun Mackay - 2012-05-09 17:57

      Dont forget McGiver which has saved their áss aren't they lucky.....

  • donald.m.makanatleng - 2012-05-09 16:16

    ...and they go home, sit in their big couches and watch pay-tv. Clowns

  • Gregory - 2012-05-09 16:22

    You mean the ANCBC advisory board.

      Shaun Mackay - 2012-05-09 17:59

      pay them to steal more money that they dont have and cant afford.

  • Jo - 2012-05-09 23:37

    I don't want anymore "local" content. I don't want 24/7 SABC news and a sports channel will in all likelyhood only show local soccer. I don't want repeat after repeat of the same movies, series and music programmes. I want good movies (post 2008) and tv-series and most of those come from overseas.

  • faerrab - 2012-05-10 09:08

    DTSV not much better than SABC with all teir reuns - SABC's normal News is a dismal failure - I can't imagine wha the 24 hour News will be like as it has been a dismal failure in the past - can't see SABC it working in the future especially with polictal influence, the new content advisory board will just add another layer of retardation on top of the existing one and paves the way for more cadre fraud corruption and wasteful expenditure

  • Philip Mostert - 2012-05-10 19:31

    Sabc should just close down! Why must I pay for a tv lic I never watch their channels. Go pay tv root please!

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