1 September 1998

The Broadcasting Bill

The broadcasting history of South Africa speaks of the exclusion of the majority of citizens, distorted reporting and corruption. The airwaves of our country belonged to the Apartheid Government, which used them to justify its existence, promote racist laws and preach the gospel of white supremacy. For these reasons the previous regime had to protect their ownership of the air waves at all costs. The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Broadcasting was faced with this deeply rooted legacy when the ANC came to power. The new Government was faced with a number of challenges, including redress, democratisation and creating a culture of openness. The introduction of the Broadcasting Bill is proof that these were challenges the ANC did not shy away from.

Bringing Change to South Africa's Air Waves

The Bill will change the course of South African broadcasting history in a significant way by:

The Opposition Resists Change

The Facts about the Bill

An objective look at the points of contention reveals that there is in reality no crisis:

The South African Broadcast Production Advisory Body

The Minister must establish this body to advise on how to support local radio and television development, production and display. The Advisory Body will also advise the Minister on how to encourage, facilitate and offer guidance and advice in respect of any programme and to promote:

The Role of Government in this process