Risa apologises over treatment of media
BABES Wodumo, Mampintsha and Locnville are not the only ones left disappointed over their less than professional treatment from the organisers of the recent South African Music Awards (Samas), which were held in Sun City this past weekend.
While South Africans were watching from the comfort of their homes, frustrated journalists spoke among one another about boycotting the 2018 edition of the awards due to the lack of respect they received from the Samas organising team.
This outrage caught the attention of the Recording Industry of South Africa (Risa) and HM Entertainment, who yesterday were forced to issue an apology to the media after social media complaints from journalists.
The New Age was witness to the lack of professionalism displayed by some of the Sama awards personnel who treated media, especially those not associated with the SABC as well as Bonang Matheba’s E! Entertainment, as second class citizens.
Only SABC was given clear red carpet positions, while the rest of the media houses were huddled into a media booth that did not allow the media clear access to red carpet arrivals.
The issue of food or lack thereof was another problem as starving journalists who had to buy their own food became frustrated with the litany of problems.
One reporter remarked that she could have done a better job watching the awards from home as the sound on the televisions was poor, while accessing the internet was also a major headache.
Yesterday, Risa CEO, Nhlanhla Sibisi acknowledged the complaints and the role of the media in the success of this year’s Sama awards, which he says broke the previous editions with the level of media support.
“There were challenges we faced and we profusely and unreservedly apologise for the unpleasant experience some of you endured on Saturday night,” the Risa CEO said.
Sibisi said he and his team would be hosting a media debriefing session to address some of the issues that had since came to his attention.