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Chilli M fired by Ukhozi FM

Posted by radio On July - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Ukhozi FM terminates contract of Mr. Vukani ‘Chilli M’ Masinga

 

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has terminated with immediate effect, the contract of Mr Vukani ‘Chilli M’ Masinga’.

 

Mr Masinga joined Ukhozi FM in 2012 and was co-hosting the station’s weekday midday show, “Nethezeka NoKhozi”. The termination follows an investigation into allegations of payola. Mr Masinga admitted to accepting some form of enticement in exchange for playlisting music of the people who enticed him.

 

The corporation has also taken a decision to institute a criminal case against all parties who were involved.

 

The SABC would like to remind the public that there is a process at all its 18 radio stations to submit music and would like to encourage members of the public not to engage in payola and should they encounter such challenges to bring it to the attention of the organization.

 

The organization will continue to have a zero tolerance for fraud and corruption.

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SABC celebrates Mandela Day

Posted by radio On July - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

 SABC will be celebrating  the Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, through various activations and campaigns around the country. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

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This year SABC 1,2 and 3 will be activating from Qunu, the home of the late father of the Nation Mr Nelson Mandela. SABC has secured a partnership with the Eastern Cape municipality to fully maximize the legacy that will be left behind for the community.

 

Meanwhile, SABC radio station Lotus FM staff, freelancers and stakeholders will come together to dedicate 67 minutes of the day to ensure that Madiba’s dream for the children of Southern Africa comes true.

 

The station will host a telethon to collect as many school shoes as possible on the 17th July 2015. All staff, listeners and viewers are encouraged to come down to the SABC’s KwaZulu-Natal –  situated at 100 KE Masinga Road to dedicate 67 minutes by calling friends, family and corporate companies to donate towards this worthy cause. All school shoes donated on this day will be distributed as part of Lotus FM’s Warm Hearts campaign. “Your gift will help us to realize Mandela’s legacy wish,” says station manager, Alvin Pillay.

“It is imperative that we teach the children of this country to be the best at whatever they do, they must be the difference, be the change and in their own way, they will be changing their future world”, comments Lotus FM Programmes Manager, Santosh Beharie.

Nelson Mandela on Day After Release

SABC Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago said, “The SABC is honoured to be associated and to celebrate the International Mandela Day. We believe that being involved in this project is in keeping with the legacy of our late former President Nelson Mandela through the restoration of human dignity for all South Africans”.

 

Other SABC activities lined up for the International Mandela Day are as follows:

Radio 2000:

Will celebrate Mandela Day by devoting “67 Minutes of Community Service” by feeding and donating blankets to the homeless and the needy living in and around Johannesburg CBD on 17 July 2015 from 09:00 to 15:00 at Joubert Park Johannesburg.

RSG:

RSG will encourage people to spend 67 minutes to donate blood and save someone’s life.  RSG will, be driving this campaign for the entire month of July through various programming content, interviews with recipients, live reads, digital exposure and a competition/give-away.  So the public is not limited to only donating blood on 18 July, but throughout the month of July when it’s most convenient for them.

 

5 FM:

#readSA5 campaign ideas for Mandela Day:

The focus of the campaign will be to ask 5 FM listeners to donate money via SMS to a Youngblood5 book fund for Mandela Month. 5FM will collect proceeds from the SMS line and at the end of July hand over  monies/books to three rural schools (names supplied by the SABC foundation)

Special Nelson Mandela Day broadcast – Broadcast from Constitutional Hill:

On the 17 July 5FM will do live broadcasts from Nick Hamman to Rob Forbes Move 5Talks a week earlier and invite guest speaker to talk about Madiba. 5FM to record one liners of our listeners reading the constitution and will play out on the day.

Qunu Competition:

The SABC Foundation will be partnering with Ndaba Mandela’s Africa Rising Foundation to highlight Mandela Day in Qunu. This celebration will set the tone for all future celebrations in Qunu leading up to Madiba’s 100th birthday in 2018. 5FM will offer a prize for a listener to travel to Qunu and spend Mandela Day celebrations in Mandela’s hometown. The 5FM winner will be a Youngblood5 ambassador for the station and will work with a selected NGO in Qunu. The programme in Qunu will run for a four year period and interviews on the progress with the selected NGO will take place throughout the year.

SAFM:

SAFM  kick starts  Mandela Month with a daily Blanket Drive, Soup Kitchen activation with Gift of the Givers during the National Arts Festival from the 2nd to the 12th of July,  to which SAFM is a partner. SAFM will  make sure the underprivileged community of Grahamstown have a meal and blankets for the bitter cold nights. An organization that has captured SAFM’s attention is Retshwenyegile Relief Givers, a non- profit organisation in Bodibe village (about 10 km’s outside Mahikeng) SAfm will spend Mandela day with this community to offer support and assistance just like Tata would.

 

METRO FM:

Metro FM, Nedbank and the SABC Foundation will partner for the Volunteerism campaign which will start on 6 July until 31 July 2015. Metro FM will provide a platform for the Facebook community to log the causes they support and stand a chance to receive support from Nedbank. Volunteers have to access Metro FM’s Facebook page and log the NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) they support and ask their social media community to like their organisation – creating a volunteerism movement on social media.

Four organisations with the highest Facebook likes will receive financial assistance from Metro FM, Nedbank and SABC Foundation. At the end of the campaign four organisations will receive financial assistance, with each winning R12,000.00. The nominated organisation must have an NPO certificate and the nominator has to be personally volunteering at the organisation for a minimum of six months.

 

On Saturday, 18 July, Metro FM, SABC Foundation and Nedbank will host a Cook Off at Leamogetswe Safety Home in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. On this day necessities valued at R50,000.00 will be donated to this home. Metro FM will be joined by 10 representatives from Nedbank, musicians (nominees/winners from  Metro FM Music Awards) and television personalities from SABC 3. All the people present will cook for the 82 kids who reside at this home including the guests. The 5 Star Show will come live from the home in order to link what is happening on the ground to on air. Interviews will be afforded to the care givers at the home, Nedbank representative, SABC Foundation and a Metro FM representative including the musicians present on the day.

 

Thobela FM:

On 18th and 19th July, Thobela FM will donate blankets to the elderly in Bochum and in Solomondale in Limpopo. The station will further hand over a library to  Ga- Mamabolo Primary school on the 31st July

Phalaphala FM:

Phalaphala fm will celebrate Mandela day by devoting “67 Minutes of Community Services “ by handing over  a four roomed house to Takalani Children Home. The home assist abandoned, abused and orphanage children. Takalani Children Home  is based at Siloam village, Vhembe Municipality in Limpopo.

Munghana Lonene FM:

Will hand over 3 houses, the first house is in Madodonga village in the Vhembe district and the beneficiaries there is, Joseph Lishiva’s family under chief Sinthumule. The house will be handed over on 15th July 2015. The  husband is disabled and unemployed while the wife is blind and relies on the husband for every movement. Due to the inter cultural background of Xitsonga and Tshivenda speaker in the area, Munghana Lonene fm will transverse with sister station Phalaphala fm. The second house is in Ruanda informal settlement, N’wamitwa in Tzaneen and will be handed over to Daniel Grobler’s family on 17th July 2015. The family stays in a one room mud house.  The father is sick and has been in and out of hospital while the mother is unemployed. The third project is in Majeje village in Phalaborwa and will be handed over to the Khosa family in Majeje village. The family of 8 stays in a one room shack, the hand-over ceremony is scheduled for 18th July 2015. The station is partnering with Correctional Services & DBGIM on all 3 projects.

Ikwekwezi FM:

Will be doing activations in partnership with Nedbank every Friday in July starting on the 17th. On the 17th, the station and Nedbank will donate 100 blankets to a home/NGO for the elder in MP/Limpopo. On the 24th July, Ikwekwezi FM  and Nedbank will donate 25 hippo water rollers and 2 Jojo Tanks to a crèche and the community of Dennilton. On the 31st July, the station in partnership with Nedbank will donate R50,000 to a home/NGO. This will be done live on air with the representative from Nedbank and the chosen home present.

Umhlobo Wenene FM:

Umhlobo Wenene Fm will kick off Mandela Month with donating Blankets to a home that cares for orphans’ in Joza Location in Grahamstown.  On the 17 July  2015, the station’s On Air personalities  (OAP’s) will spend a day creating awareness about scarcity of water. The  station with the department of water affairs will be sharing tips on how to save water.

On 24 July ,the station will spend the day pampering senior citizens at Georgio Hotel and Spa in Port Elizabeth, The Station will also do another winter campaign activation in Cape Town with the Breakfast show the BEE and Expresso

Good Hope FM:

Good Hope FM Super Heroes in association with Neill Anthony (Private Chef):

The campaign will run from 08 – 18 July and focus on cooking 67 litres of soup for various soup kitchens, community centres and playschools within the Cape Metropole and surrounds. Various shows will broadcast from Banks Boutique Kitchen, the soup cooking kitchen, each day and DJ’s will accompany Neill Anthony with the delivery and distribution of the soup to the various locations. Good Hope FM DJ’s will cross live from the various drop off points.

 

TRU FM:

Will be handing over outdoor playground equipment for gross motor development and blankets for the children of Nompumelelo Pre-School in Grahamstown.

Ukhozi FM:

Will do a broadcast in Alexandra on the 17th of July 2015 from 09:00 to 18:00

On Saturday 18 July, there will be a Men’s dialogue at Kempton Park, God Never Fail Church, under the leadership of Rev Nhlapho to discuss the role of men in society and issues affecting men.The church will identify a needy family where all men attending the dialogue will go and help that family.

 

The station will partner with KZN Men’s forum holding a men’s dialogue with traditional leadership and local men at Embo in KwaZulu Natal. On the same day, Ukhozi FM and the Department of Higher Education will be at Esikhaleni (Esikhawini) FET to promote the year of artisan.  This is aimed at young and unemployed men.  The station will do a live broadcast from there.

 

Ligwalagwala FM:

During the month of July the station will spend its 67 minutes on Friday 17 July with 79 elders of Gugulethu Old Aged Centre at Nhlazatshe, Mpumalanga, blankets will be presented to the elders as gifts, and OAPs will spend the day cooking traditional food for the elders. The campaign will be live on air by means of a recorded promo to ask local businesses to join the station during the handover. It will also live off air, where the station will visit the old age centre which takes care of 79 elders in Nhlazatshe

 

Motsweding FM:

 

The SABC provincial office will hand over winter clothing items which have been collected and is requesting staff to bring more in order to assist to the poor.

 

Other SABC Radio Stations such, Lesedi FM, Channel Africa, X-K FM, will also be doing activations around the country in honor of Madiba.

See also SABC News’ Nelson Mandela website.

The official SABC hashtag is #BEMOREMADIBA

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Brian Ndevu joins Trufm

Posted by radio On October - 8 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Trufm is proud to welcome Brian Ndevu to the station’s lunchtime show ‘The Real’ which broadcasts weekdays from 12h30 to 15h00. Brian will be co-hosting the show with AJ Blie who has been with the station since its inception. The Real Deal is a lifestyle show which tackles issues such as service delivery ‘Ezitshisibunzi’, celebrity infotainment and general knowledge about the province and country ‘Where am I?’.

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Brian comes with a wealth of broadcasting experience which spans over 20 years. He started co-hosting a Saturday night party show at CKI FM in 1994 at the tender age of 15. Since then he has been a continuity presenter on SABC 1 and 3, worked on Miss SA Teen. Miss SA, Simunye Grooves and Castle Loud.

 

After leaving SABC 1, Brian joined Intelligence Publishing and was part of the team that started Hype Magazine in 2004.

He then worked for SABC 3 as a publicist handling international programs and sports and later joined the Special Assignment team doing scripts and voice overs.

 

Brian moved on to MultiChoice International at Corporate, managing 20 countries in terms of Public Relations and Communications.

He is currently on the commentary team for the Premier Boxing League which was launched in 2013 and as of 1 October 2014 is part of the trufm family where he promises to live to the station’s motto of doing broadcasting, like no one else.

 

 

[Issued by: Trufm]

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SABC to partner with SATMA

Posted by radio On October - 8 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The SABC has re-affirmed its media partnership with The South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards due to take place at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October 2014. The theme this year is my “Freedom is My Heritage” which coincides with the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy.

 

 

This year again the SATMA’s  have been split into two days on Friday the event will host 99% Indigenous Comedy Show and the main music awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

 

SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says,” As the country’s only public service broadcaster, the SABC continuously strives to empower the local music industry through its 18 Radio Stations and 3 TV channels. Music be it traditional, Jazz, Gospel, Choral Music or any genre plays a crucial role in the promotion of the culture of South Africa’s people.  The SATMA Awards offers an opportunity to the SABC to continue  showcasing  the countries   music cultural diversity.  Music occupies a central place in the SABC’s programming”.

 

 

The SATMA Awards Founder Dr. Dumisani Goba promised that the SATMA Awards will continue to honour and preserve South Africa’s culture and heritage through its support of the arts. He commented, “the support of our Heritage still doesn’t receive the financial support that it requires or deserves. Musicians should be living the same profile and financial lives as their sporting counter parts such as soccer stars”. He further challenged government and associated Arts and culture departments to put their financial muscles behind programs that support the upliftment of Traditional Music in its support of Culture and Heritage.

 

 

There are 3 new categories introduced for the SATMA’S 2014, being Best Vernacular Local Movie, Most Downloaded Song and Radio Station of the year.

 

Ms Carmila Walker and Mr Zolani Mkiva are the SATMA Awards Ambassadors for 2014.  SABC personalities that will grace the event include:

 

Phindile Ngwala (SABC 2 Muvhango)

SABC 1 RGB Sinazo Yolwa

Sinazo Yolwa (SABC 1 – Real goboza)

 

SABC 1 Intersexions Phila Madlingozi

Phila Madlingozi (SABC 1- Mutual Friends)

ZIZO - YELLOW DRESS FOLDING ARMS

Zizo Beda (SABC 1Selimathunzi/ Umhlobo Wenene)

SABC 1 Rufus Moremi

Rufus Leremi (SABC 1- ILifestyle)

 

SABC’s involvement at the SATMA Award’s this year entails the following:

 

Umhlobo Wenene fm and Tru fm – will do Live Broadcasts and Live Crossings from the venue , in Alice  Fri 17 and Sat 18 October 2014.

  • Live Crossings by all SABC Radio Stations to Umhlobo Wenene FM & Tru FM for an update on the day of the SATMA AWARDS event.

 

  • Interviewing SATMA AWARDS Winners during and post Award Ceremony by SABC Radio Stations relevant to the Winners, e.g. Best Ndebele Album Winner to be interviewed by IKwekwezi FM.

 

 

SABC 1- Selimathunzi will film on 17th and on 18th October and will do the red carpet and ROOTS will do the insert which will be broadcast on SABC 1 later.

 

SABC 1 will broadcast the SATMA AWARDS at a later date to be announced.

 

 

[Issued by: SABC]

 

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SABC Radio at Macufe Festival

Posted by radio On October - 7 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

A number of SABC Radio Stations will be activating at venues during the 16th celebration of the Macufe Cultural Festival in Bloemfontein.

SABC Radio Stations that will be broadcasting and activating during the Macufe Festival, include:

Lesedi FM:

 

  • 7 October 15:00 -18:00: Rea Kubeletsa with Nyakallo Ba2cada Leine at Lejweleputswa-Chisa Nyama in Welkom.

 

  • 08 October 15:00-18:00 at The Thoughts, Rea Kubeletsa with Nyakallo Ba2cada Leinein Bloemfontein.

    Lesedi FM's Ba2cada

    Lesedi FM’s Ba2cada

 

  • 09 October 15:00-18:00 at Cubana Rea Kubeletsa with Nyakallo Ba2cada Leinein Bloemfontein

 

  • 10 October 15:00-18:00 at Capello Rea kubeletsa with Nyakallo Ba2cada Leine in Bloemfontein

 

  • 10 October 21:00-00:00 MACUFE Divas Concert at the Dome, Bloemfontein

 

  • 10 October 21:00-00:00:MACUFE Youth Rock Festival, Dia Wela Wela with QboyMolebatsi at Loch Logan Rose Garden, Bloemfontein.

 

  • 11 October 09:00-00:00 at Loch Logan Rose Garden, Bloemfontein

 

MACUFE Main Festival TseRatwang with Nyakallo Ba2cada Leine, Keya Le Wena with Nkunyane Nkunyane and DiaWelaWela with Qboy Molebatsi.

 

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Lesedi FM's Nkunyana

Lesedi FM’s Nkunyana

SABC will  broadcast the Macufe Cup live on SABC 1 (Home of Soccer),  Lesedi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM and Motsweding FM on Sunday 12 October in a clash between rivals  Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs with kick-off at 15:30pm.

 

The Macufe Cultural Festival, is a 10-day festival that showcases the cream of African andinternational talent. The Festival features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 150 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world.

 

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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Lotus FM saves the Rhino

Posted by radio On November - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

From the 21st to the 23rd of November, Lotus FM’s Morning Rush, Life and Style, Midday Spice and Desi Drive shows will be broadcasting live from Giants Castle.  The station in conjunction with Ezemvelo KZN wildlife is continuing doing their bit to fight against Rhino pouching. Lotus FM and Ezemvelo KZN wildlife, recently ran an on-air campaign, in which listeners were appealed to sms SAVE to 44135. The funds from the campaign were contributed towards the Anti-Rhino Pouching Fund and to create a platform of interest by uniting the public to assist South African reserve with conservation.

Earlier this year the SABC launched the ‘Save the Rhino Campaign’ in a bid to garner support from the public to save the rhino from extinction. Ever since the poaching epidemic in 2008, South Africa has lost over 1400 rhinos, this year alone over 455 Rhinos were pouched and the numbers are still rising.  In a statement, Lotus FM station Manager Alvin Pillay said; “We are passionate about saving the white and black rhino. The Lotus FM team, have become serious Rhino lovers. Rhinos are our heritage, and we must all fight to protect these magnificent creations.

Issued by Lotus FM

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ADJUDICATION NO: 51/A /2012

NAME OF PROGRAMME: SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, 21h58 ON 2.10.2012

BROADCASTER: SABC 3

COMPLAINANT: TANYA BOSHOFF

ADJUDICATOR: BCCSA ADJUDICATOR

COMPLAINT

Complaint that promo showed the method how to smoke Tik at a time when children could still have formed part of the audience.

APPLICABLE RULE

Clause 6(1) of Free-to-Air Broadcasting Code of Conduct:

Broadcasting service licensees must not broadcast material which is harmful or disturbing to children at times when a large number of children are likely to be part of the audience.

ADJUDICATION

[1] The complaint refers to a promo for a Special Assignment episode that was broadcast on 2 October 2012 at 21h58. The complainant contends that an explicit scene shows exactly how to smoke Tik. The complaint reads as follows.“Promo showing how a woman abuses the drug Tik. Visually shows the woman (supposedly a mother) putting the drug, Tik, into the pipe, lighting it, and smokingit. No warning was given of the nature of this promo prior to the promo being shown. People are not able to decide whether they want to see how this drug is abused by watching the “Special Assignment” show. People already see the sensitive content of the show promoted without any warning. Most teenagers are still awake after watching the TV show “The Good Wife” and would have caught the promo straight after the show. Previous addicts could also be watching TV and would not want to be reminded of this. This promo is so graphic that someone who does not know how this drug is abused suddenly is taught how to abuse it. Not everybody wants to see the show, but now everybody is subject to the sensitive content of the show unexpectedly. Surely this content can be kept for when the show is aired after warning of its content. I assume the reason for the show is: 1. awareness to try and combat the Tik addiction in the Cape flats; and 2. awareness of an increase in Tik babies due to addicted mothers, but airing such content in an promo defeats the object. This promo is harmful to the general public and in my opinion must be amended to not show such harmful content.”

The broadcaster responded as follows: “The promo for Special Assignment was broadcast well into the watershed period at 22:00. The promo displayed the episode’s advisory of PG13. We submit that there has been no contravention of the BCCSA Code.” I watched the promo and understand the complainant’s concern about the scene showing the direct use of Tik. However, it must be borne in mind that Special Assignment is a current affairs investigative documentary series, with the aim to uncover the truth about news events and the people involved in them. The promo in question can be described as cautionary since it is quite clear that it relates to a film intended for adult audiences which will be broadcast after the start of the watershed. It is also clear that the destructive effects of drug abuse will be addressed in the programme and that people who use Tik need to carefully consider their behaviour and the consequences of their actions. Typical of the genre of television advertising, the scene is also very fleeting of nature. The Code of Conduct specifies that promotional material which contains explicit scenes intended for adult audiences must not be broadcast before the watershed period. In this case the promo was broadcast after the watershed and the programme’s advisory of PG13 was displayed.

The issue of drug abuse is of great importance and concern to our nation, and part of the educative and informative task of the SABC is to reflect reality accurately and to raise awareness about destructive behaviour. However, as long as such behaviour is not presented as the norm, or approved of, it may serve an educational purpose. In the case of the scene under discussion, the promo makes it clear that the behaviour of the character is definitely not approved of and the use of drugs is not glamorised, condoned or encouraged. The complainant raises the concern that many teenagers could still have been in the audience after watching “The Good Wife”. It is possible, but in today’s world, it becomes more and more difficult to shield teenagers (and younger children) from the social ills of society and it serves no purpose to turn a blind eye on reality. One of the aims of current affairs programmes is to open the eyes of viewers to the dangers of life, a task which is not always sufficiently addressed by parents with regard to their children. The media provide a context for interpreting the world around us. This is one of the consequences of living in a media-saturated society and also the reason why content advisories are provided. In this case, if children under the age of 13 were exposed to the promo accidentally, hopefully they would not have understood the scene for what it was, which would reduce the possibility of imitation.

The legal test in determining whether material is permissible or not, is based on whether the reasonable viewer, who is broadminded, balanced and not overly sensitive, would allow the material to be available to other viewers even if he or she would not choose to be exposed to it. The contemporary South African level of tolerance is thus taken into account, as well as the contemporary mores of society. The test is not whether the BCCSA would regard material as appropriate or not, the question is whether the broadcaster has exceeded the limits of its freedom of expression. In this case the promo may seem risqué, but is not sufficiently over the edge to be in breach of the Broadcasting Code. In case children or teenagers were exposed to it, it might even have provided an opportunity for parents to discuss the consequences of drug abuse with them. The complainant mentions that “previous addicts could also be watching TV and would not want to be reminded of this”.

Cases where a complaint is lodged on behalf of other people are difficult to judge since it is unknown what these people’s reaction might have been or whether they are even aware of the broadcast. It would be presumptuous for the BCCSA to come to a decision without hearing their personal views. Broadcasters should nonetheless bear in mind that children and teenagers may form part of the audience at any time and exposure to promos are effectively impossible to control because there is no schedule available for when they are shown. Although the scene in question is fleeting, it was nevertheless quite clear. The broadcaster is urged to be extremely careful in the choice of clips that are used in promos and in the choice of timeslots for promos carrying disturbing material of any nature. In the result, no contravention of the Code could be found and the complaint is not upheld.

SOURCE: BCCSA

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By Helen Phushela

On the 1st of October 2012 the public broadcaster (SABC) deepened its partnership with money-web the AltX-listed media company. The relationship between the SABC and money-web started when business radio was introduced in South Africa back in April 1997. That was when SA fm launched Market Update, hosted by Alec Hogg. He was then the SABC head of news input for SABC TV.

In the past Money-web outsourced its sales operation to United Stations in 2006 November. Money-web CEO Alec Hogg stated that the relationship between them was successful and united stations played a big role in building their brand.  Money-web has been handling SABC s daytime radio business shows since 2004, they will now in addition to that provide breaking business, investment and personal finance reports within RSG, SAFM and LOTUS FM programming. This will also expand to SABC owned stations. The SABC stated that it only made sense that money-web take over the sole responsibility for the public broadcaster’s sales. Hence it is a mutual beneficial agreement helping mostly empower and educate the 20million SABC listeners in South Africa.

The previously provided shows will remain while new changes are brought to is light, with hour long phone in programs concentrating on personal finance. These will be aired by RSG and Lotus FM.  As much as every person in South Africa is well aware of the financial constraints that the country going through, educating people on it is still vital, most people relay on the public broadcasters radio stations for news and information. The partnership between the two bodies will benefit the majority in South Africa. The popular Gildsake met Money-web on RSG has been on air for 8yrs, hosted by Andries Van Zyl. Gildsake has by far the highest listener-ship of any business show in the country. Its time slot switched from 5pm to 6:30pm during the radio revamp in April. The AltX-listed company’s relationship with Lotus fm has been refined; the previous 15minute programme has been replaced by more integrated offering with six business news updates.

 

Money-web is an inter-grated media company that focuses on producing independent and high quality investment information. Half of the company’s revenue is generated by their internet properties; the balance is divided almost equally between radio and print. It is South Africa’s most dominant online source of online investment information. Their online revenue is generated by their international brand moneyweb.com. Money-web produces leading South African radio finance shows. They offer independent thinking financially which now all South Africans will benefit from, through this strengthened relationship with the SABC. This can only mean fruitful and great outcome for those involved.

Source: Moneyweb.co.za

 

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In a nutshell: Radio growth and advertising

Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Helen Phushela

 

Radio is the most important medium in South Africa reaching over 88% of the population. Most people living in rural areas rely on it as a news and information source. Most stations that reach these areas are community radio stations that narrow down listenership and target market for advertisers into ethnic groups. An advertiser can produce an advert for a particular product which targets the right audience in their native language.

 

Advertising revenues increased in 2011 by 7.4%, which is lower than the 13.3% gained in 2010 a direct boost from the FIFA Soccer World Cup, according to research.

 

Radio, with its listenership covering 88% of the population, is still a dominant medium for broadcast advertising. The revenue increased by 7.1% on a compound annual rate from R3.2billion in 2011 to an estimated R4.6billion in 2016. Radio broadcast advertising as well as public funding revenue increased by 0.7% in 2011. Due to this, there has been a subsequent increase in television licence fee, which cross-subsidise the public radio station. With more and more households gaining access to television, public funding is projected at 1.5% increase compound annual rate to R480 million in 2016.

 

Radio consists of three segments namely public service broadcasting sector, commercial sector and community radio stations. Public broadcaster, SABC is state owned and funded through public licence fees and advertising. It operates public service stations in all of the official languages including Indian on Lotus FM and San on X-K FM.

 

Online radio streaming has allowed consumers to listen to their favourite programmes on the go. The frenzy to create applications for broadcasters has also taken the industry by storm. Jacaranda and 5Fm have their own apps, while other stations can be accessed on a group app such as TFS Radio. Radio programming is broadcast in all 11 official languages, as well as German, Hindi, Portuguese, Greek and Khoi-San languages.

 

Radio is the leading broadcasting medium in South Africa; Kwazulu Natal is the front-runner in radio listenership, claiming 20% of the total population. It is closely followed by Gauteng with 19% and Limpopo and Eastern Cape each at 13%. Regardless of the current RAMS for ethnic radio stations, radio shows produced in English remain dominant in South African radio taking up 41.1% of listenership in 2011. IsiZulu follows with 13.5% then Afrikaans at 9.3%.

 

Music however, still serves as a key ingredient to reaching and retaining audiences. Then there is phone in talk shows, current affairs and news programming.

 

Community radio stations claim more listeners as a collective with 8.5 million people tuning in each week – comprising of more than a quarter of the overall radio listening audience. Despite their reach, community radio stations still struggle to get advertising funding while some radio stations get subsidies from government or rely on community donations. The role of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is to ensure universal access, as well as to mediate disputes brought against licensees and regulate the industry. ICASA issued three invitations in February 2012 to provide commercial sound broadcasting in primary and secondary markets. Primary market, the authority, awarded two licenses in Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town. One license was awarded to Northern Cape and Eastern Cape, one in Free State.

 

Research by the South African Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF) showed a decline in the time spent listening to radio, a nine minute decline daily listenership as compared to the 1:33 minutes from the previous year. This took place when the weekly penetration declined by 0.1%. On the other hand, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) promotes the use of radio as an advertising media. The focus is to educate the advertising community on the advantages of using radio as an advertising medium. Radio has launched online and is gradually migrating digitally, one can now comment on and follow the development of their favourite radio shows through social media tools such as Facebook pages and Twitter handle.

 

Branded content advertising, a relatively new form of advertising medium that blurs conventional distinctions between what constitutes advertising and what constitutes entertainment, will soon be integrated into programming. In the old days radio adverts were 30 seconds long and often left listeners perplexed. Advertisers in radio are now creating adverts that are more than a 30 seconds long. An example is FNB’s ‘Hello Steve’ campaign, which moved away from the traditional 30-second slot. According to reports, this campaign earned accolades throughout the industry and produced great results for FNB. Roles in adverts have now changed – the idea exists before a time period has been set.

 

Then there is the return of the jingle. Jingles and pneumatic trigger instant brand recognition in the hearts and minds of the listeners. These help brands build firm relationships with listeners and stand out from the media clutter. Radio with its online migration and popularity can now brand and promote products.

 

Another phenomenon is station-advertiser collaboration which, allows marketers the need to collaborate with stations, increasingly becoming content generators with the focus of entertaining and engaging listeners.

 

Power of personality is one of radio’s strengths which, lies in the personal relationship created between listeners and radio personalities. With the ever-expanding scope of radio presenters’ influence via social media platforms, we’ll see more brands matching themselves to a show or host.

 

More and more people are able to listen to their favourite show online and podcasts enable listeners to catch up on shows. Satellite radio is usually carried by a signal through the DStv’s audio bouquet however, not many people use this unconventional method of listening to radio.

 

Digital radio will allow radio to have sound quality of a CD and live streams of information on music played on shows will also allow the station to get information easily. In public funding there has been a 2% increase, from 442 million to 449 million in 2012. Radio stations such as Ja.fm, launched by Jacaranda FM, can only be connected to online and it serves an Afrikaans audience through a Listener Driven Radio application.

 

Wolrdtunes.net-All Hit is one of the radio stations which are music-orientated where listeners vote for songs and hit songs are played. Ballz Radio covers current affairs and news.

 

According to the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMRO), although radio has seen success over the years, it still faces the obstacles of paying 10% of its net broadcasting revenue to songwriters. The National Association of Broadcasters remains in dispute with this even after the recent judgement of 7% payable by stations passed by the Commission of Copyright at the Copyright tribunal.

 

South African broadcasters have to adhere to Constitutional laws since SA does not have established national media laws. This poses a problem to the regulation of broadcast media where the regulation rights that run broadcast media and different stations come from the Broadcasting Complains Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) and ICASA.

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ICASA Rectifies City Press Report

Posted by radio On September - 14 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) would like to clarify a statement made on City Press of 09 September 2012 regarding the supposed intention to take the SABC to the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) to defend its case of non-compliance following the report published by the Authority earlier this year and the one published by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) recently. The Authority does not have any intention to take up the matter with the CCC.

 

Firstly, the Authority cannot comment on the validity of the MMA report nor can it corroborate SABC non-compliance as purported in that report. The reason for this is that the report was not commissioned by ICASA and the Authority is not aware of the type of methodology used to by MMA to conclude that the SABC is not complying with its licence conditions. Obviously, the period sampled is different from the period sampled by the Authority, so the results are likely to be different because of the different variables and methodologies involved.

 

Secondly, compliance by licensees is the most integral part and legislative mandate of ICASA. It is for this reason that the Authority published the 2009/10 SABC Compliance Report earlier this year. This is a sample measured over a 6 months period, and depended on the availability of resources to the Authority. The findings could therefore not be conclusive because the measurements did not cover the whole year as required.

 

Ordinarily, recurrence of non-compliance with the licence terms and conditions results in a licensee being referred to the Complaints and Compliance Committee for adjudication.

 

The SABC’s compliance is measured as a weekly average over a period of a year, and where an issue of non-compliance is identified, the licensee would then be given an opportunity to respond to the Authority’s findings.

 

Source: ICASA

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