Ed­i­tors talk sense on Busi­ness Day TV

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - THIS WEEK YOU’RE SAYING ... -

WATCH­ING Busi­ness Day TV chan­nel last night, I was once again re­minded how very well-in­formed are panel mem­bers of the “Edit­ing Allowed’ pro­gramme.

Sev­eral years ago an equiv­a­lent pro­gramme com­pris­ing ed­i­tors of ma­jor news­pa­per ti­tles was broad­cast weekly on SABC Ra­dio, pro­vid­ing lis­ten­ers price­less dis­cus­sion and anal­y­sis with re­gards to cur­rent events, po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness and eco­nomic, in our na­tional life – there were no “holy cows”.

The newly-en­sconced gov­ern­ment-ap­proved Nabobs of SABC quickly put an end to this very pop­u­lar pro­gramme when in­sights pro­vided on the govern­ing party’s shenani­gans be­came embarrassing, to put it mildly.

Al­though I con­sider my­self gen­er­ally well-in­formed, noth­ing can com­pare to the an­i­mated, en­light­en­ing dis­cus­sion that takes place on Busi­ness Day’s 30-minute pro­gramme, broad­cast on Wed­nes­days at 8.30pm (DStv Chan­nel 412).

The panel com­prises ed­i­to­rial staff of var­i­ous fi­nan­cial and busi­ness pub­li­ca­tions.

Steeped in cur­rent af­fairs, as they all are, each pan­el­list has a dif­fer­ing con­tri­bu­tion and view­point, de­pend­ing on their main work fo­cus. The re­sult is a rich tapestry which pro­vides the view­ers a well-in­formed idea of what is hap­pen­ing – or not hap­pen­ing, in po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness “cor­ri­dors of power”.

The view­er­ship has the ben­e­fit of the opin­ions and views of some of South Africa’s best jour­nal­ists, in­clud­ing the likes of Hilary Joffe, Ron Derby, Tim Co­hen (re­cently “re­tired” to the rel­a­tive peace­ful­ness of the Ka­roo), Rob Rose, Ray Hart­ley (ex-Rand Daily Mail) and, not for­get­ting the highly-knowl- edge­able and ir­re­press­ible Nkosi­nathi Mantshantsha, the neme­sis of all cor­rup­tion and, par­tic­u­larly, the “Zupta” vari­ant. Ed­i­to­rial doyen, Peter Bruce, nor­mally mod­er­ates pro­ceed­ings, deftly steer­ing the panel through top­ics for dis­cus­sion, en­sur­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate panel mem­bers for each topic, and then adroitly throw­ing open the sub­ject for dis­cus­sion. Highly rec­om­mended view­ing for all those in­ter­ested in what is “go­ing down” in our beloved land!

SANDY JOHN­STON, , PE

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