Friday, May 21, 2010

SOS News - Report back - SABC head of news, seminar on "Structuring&financing PBS in the digital age",Community TV Workshop 24-26 May, FES media site

Hello all

As usual there are many important issues. Firstly there seems to be some problems with the appointment of the head of news. To see Business Day article click here.

Secondly, a reminder about the DOC's community TV workshop happening next week from the 24th to the 26th. Please find details below.

Thirdly, I wanted to give you all some feedback on Wednesday's seminar at Wits. Thanks so much to all of those who came. It was a good discussion. Indra discussed some of the important big picture principles for PBS such as the need for public accountability. Jane looked at the importance of maintaining the SABC's dominance in the media landscape to protect the long term viability of public broadcasting. I will send you more details later today. Also, I will be circulating the mins early next week.

Finally, do have a look at the German funder, FES's new website - It is an excellent resource for African media docs.


Please receive an invitation to attend the Community Television Policy Workshop to be held as follows:

Date: 24-26 May 2010

Venue: Birchwood Hotel

Please note that the workshop programme will follow in due course. It is however anticipated that the key strategic issues to be discussed will include the following:

  • Community TV: international models and experiences
  • Community Radio and lessons for community TV in South Africa
  • Funding content: can community TV manage?
  • Regulating community TV: current and future scenarios
  • Various Community TV business models and legal implications
  • Public Service Broadcasting Bill and Community Broadcasting Charter
Also note that as part of the Workshop, the Department will be hosting a gala dinner on the evening of 26 May 2010 wherein delegates will be expected to dress in either traditional or smart casual wear.

If you are interested in attending the Workshop, it is critical to confirm your attendance, on or before Wednesday, 19 May 2010 by contacting Mr Linda Mazibuko on or Mr Robert Makatu on ,012 427 8000

Thanking you in advance and hoping to see you at the Workshop!

Kind regards

Ms Miyelani Khosa | Deputy Director: Broadcasting Policy