Editors talk sense on Business Day TV
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