South Africa 7.10.2014 07:03 pm

We did not black out SACP – SABC

FILE PICTURE: SACP members are pictured through the tombstone of Joe Slovo. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: SACP members are pictured through the tombstone of Joe Slovo. Picture: Alaister Russell

The SABC on Tuesday denied allegations that it had blacked out an SA Communist Party story during its news bulletin.

“The SABC rejects with the contempt it deserves the allegation that the corporation intentionally did a blackout of their story,” spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement.

“In fact many of the SACP’s stories are carried on our TV and radio platforms.”

On Monday, the SACP accused the public broadcaster of interrupting the Sunday bulletin on its red October financial sector campaign.

“A presenter voice-over was used along with newsmaker images without audio to cover the launch of the financial sector campaign on last night’s news,” spokesman Alex Mashilo said in a statement.

This was repeated on the SABC’s 24-hour news channel.

“The SACP calls for an investigation into what happened, and for the SABC to explain to the public and report to Parliament.”

He said what happened was known as “black-on-air”.

“Black-on-air is indeed often seen a symptom of deep structural and systemic crisis in a broadcasting entity,” Mashilo said.

“This calls for serious action as it should be a cause for concern to all those committed to public broadcasting.”

Kganyago said the SACP had contacted the SABC and the broadcaster explained that it was technical glitch, yet the party still sent out a media statement.

“We can only wonder what their motive for this is.

“Should the SACP have any issues with the SABC, we urge them to engage the public broadcaster in a proper and professional manner, before making unnecessary statements which are devoid of fact and truth to the public,” he said.

– Sapa

 

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