Can save SABC TV3
ECENT reports have indicated that the viewership numbers of SABC TV3 are slumping.
Explanations have focussed on the plethora of “lifestyle” programmes and a lack of local content.
The day after the courts had confirmed the Public Protector’s report against him, the chief operating officer appeared on television mouthing the mantra of “local is lekker”.
There is a simple remedy to TV3’s problems. Bring back Parliament Live. At a stroke you solve the problems of local content, relevance and topicality. You have a programme which is both dramatic and unexpectedly educational. You have suspense: Will the president turn up? Will he answer questions? Will the opposition behave? Will the Speaker stay cool?
Find out what an ad hoc committee is. Does it get down to the nitty gritty or does it use whitewash or even Vanish?
“See democracy in action. It’s your parliament. You’re paying for it.”
Furthermore, there are the financial benefits: the public broadcaster has no production costs and doesn’t have to pay the actors.
But, will Mr Motsoeneng agree to such radical programming, which is the norm in western democracies? How does it fit into what has been called “the Zumafication of the SABC”?
Geoff Hughes is emeritus professor, Wits University.