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Graham Welch, the General Manager for Editorial Policy at the SABC, held a workshop to discuss the long-overdue changes in policy being negotiated currently.
With a series of stakeholder meetings behind them, Welch’s team will start holding public hearings till November, which will result in a draft. The public is encouraged to comment on this, and the final policies should be put into place around 2014/5.
The editorial policies apply to all branches within the SABC including television and radio. They span issues such as language, universal access, local content and religious programming.
Welch spoke to Elna Schütz about why a strong editorial policy is critically important, yet no magic bullet. Although the SABC policy should be renewed every 5 years, the last review was in 2003.