Thanks to their exponentially increasing ineptitude and corruption, the SABC will air kakker TV than ever before.
South African TV will become more boring as re-runs of old shows and “cheap foreign content” are aired by the SABC.
So said “Save Our SABC” campaign co-ordinator and Television Industry Emergency Coalition member Kate Skinner, who also warned that the failure of SABC management to commission new shows will hit the corporation’s coffers.
“Should the flighting of foreign programmes go on, the audience will inevitably leave and take advertisers with them. This would plunge the public broadcaster into further trouble,” she said.
Skinner said a meeting of the coalition last week resolved to try to get blue-chip companies to sponsor new programmes. Producers and staff, she said, would also lobby the Treasury to bail out the SABC so more exciting programmes can be produced.
The emergency coalition will meet the Industrial Development Corporation, SABC management and the National Film and Video Foundation to discuss the way forward.
“We are not asking the SABC to go on a huge splurge and commission tons of new shows. It is obviously not the right business climate for that, but at this time of the year there are always new briefs so they should still put them out to make sure production houses don’t go bust,” said Skinner.
“It’s in everybody’s interest to keep the industry ticking.” (Bullshit. It's in the SABC's interest to keep licence payers paying.)
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the coalition’s members wanted to be paid but also “want us to give them new projects, which means we take on new debt”.
What, them worry?
Try getting rid of your TV set and your licence, and see how quickly you will get blacklisted by SABC's shyster lawyers who don't take "proof of disposal" for an answer!