Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Sakina Kamwendo failed to meet the SABC's editorial policy- SABC

 South Africa Broadcasting Cooperation  acting Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, says the broadcaster pulled the Metro FM talk show on the "Road to Mangaung" off air last night because it did not meet the corporation's editorial policy code of balance and fairness.

Motsoeneng  made the remarks during  a media briefing at Auckland Park on the SABC's decision to stop the radio station's panel discussion with newspaper journalists on the media coverage of the ANC elective congress.

According to reports the  journalists were  denied the right to go on air by a mysterious caller who canned their scheduled interview on Metro FM's "Talk with Sakina".

However  in a media statement, the SABC claims  that there was no mysterious caller, but rather an editorial decision was taken to cancel the interview.

He  says going ahead with the discussion would have transgressed the SABC's  Editorial Codes. "The discussion was about the ANC.  Our view is simple; you need the ANC to be part of that discussion. We are not banning anyone as people say. We are only saying we should be fair to all citizens of this country and we stick by that decision."

  In agreement with Motsoeneng  SABC Group Executive of Radio, Leslie Ntloko, agrees with Motsoeneng. "According to the SABC editorial policy, which is guided by the broadcasting act, when an event of national importance is of a party political nature, editorial staff must ensure that SABC policies of objectivity, accuracy, fairness, impartiality and balance are adhered to. So our decision was made in view of the fact that these were not followed," says Ntloko.

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