SABC to review editorial policies
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday announced that it is embarking on a review process of its 2004 Editorial Policies, which were developed through a consultation process with the public at large.
This new review process is aimed at ensuring that a proper consultation process takes place with the public and the various stakeholders of the SABC, and that the final policies which emanate are in line with section 6 (6) of the Broadcasting Act of No 4 of 1999.
SABC Interim Board Chairperson Ms Khanyisile Kweyama says, “This process is an important milestone to ensure that our content offering on radio, television and digital platforms are in line not only with legislative and regulatory requirements, but also with public sentiment. We therefore appeal to all stakeholders and interested bodies to participate in this process which will go round the country to ensure maximum participation by all South Africans.”
The SABC will hold public hearings in each of the provinces, where audiences and the general public will be afforded a chance to contribute to shaping the SABC’s Editorial Policies through oral or written submissions. All inputs received from the public will be consolidated and will inform a revised Editorial Code and Policies document, which will then be released for public comment before being finalised.
The deadline for written submissions is the 31st of August 2017.
The SABC’s Editorial Policies provide a framework and serve as a guideline for decision making on all content carried on SABC services. The policies specifically address Programming, News and Current Affairs, Language, Universal Access and Services, Local Content, Religious Programming and Education.
The schedule of the public hearings is attached and radio stations in the respective provinces will communicate the exact venues for the hearings.
The public can get a copy of the current SABC Editorial Policies in their preferred language at www.sabc.co.za/editorialpolicy