The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) interim board is reportedly considering scrapping a deal with Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper (TNA)/ANN7 to host breakfast briefing shows on Morning Live.
Business Day reported on Tuesday, the board was looking into cancelling so-called dodgy deals at the public broadcaster following the suspension of acting SABC acting chief executive officer James Aguma and disciplinary proceedings against its former chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in a bid to stop corruption.
Aguma and Motsoeneng are apparently likely to be removed from the SABC.
The paper cited an anonymous source with knowledge of board deliberations, who claimed it had agreed to cancel the agreement with TNA and ANN7, as the board was “uncomfortable” with the deal.
“Not only is the contract irregular, but it does not make financial sense for the SABC to remain in a deal with a rival broadcaster,” the source was quoted as saying.
Former SABC acting CEO Phil Molefe reportedly told a parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of the state-owned broadcaster that it had paid R1 million for a single episode of the joint TNA Morning Live show. Then contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko also revealed to the inquiry that the SABC carried the cost of production, while all revenue went to The New Age newspaper.