SABC ‘radio silence' on Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary is deafening
05 September 2014
An analysis of media reports indicates an SABC news blackout on the issue of SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary.
The DA revealed this week that Hlaudi Motsoeneng was paid more than President Zuma last year, and that Mr Motsoeneng's salary had risen from R334 167 in 2010 to R2.8 million in 2014.
According to the DA's analysis 30 radio stations, one television channel and 11 newspapers covered the story. However, the story did not feature on any of the SABC's 20 radio stations and various TV news bulletins.
The ‘radio silence' from the SABC on Hlaudi Motsoeneng's inflated salary is deafening.
I have today written to the SABC's Head of News, Jimi Matthews, to request that he:
Confirms the DA's analysis that the SABC did not cover the story
If so, explain the SABC's decision not to run the story despite its obvious newsworthiness
Indicates who at the SABC took the decision not to cover the story.
If a story is in the public interest, the SABC is expected to cover it. We cannot have a situation where the SABC refuses to broadcast stories just because they are damaging to the SABC's reputation.
Note to Editors
According to the DA's analysis, the following media outlets covered the story:
Bay FM 107.9
Talk Radio 702/Cape Talk Simulcast
Zibonele Community Radio
Talk Radio 702
Radio Cape Pulpit
Mix 93.8 FM
Heart 104.9 FM
Voice of the Cape
Groot FM 90.5
Highveld Stereo 94.7
BURGER (Oos Kaap)
MERCURY (First Edition)
Statement issued by Gavin Davis MP, DA Shadow Minister of Communications, September 5 2014
Click here to sign up to receive our free daily headline email newsletter