The SABC provides significant live coverage of African National Congress events, but now the Democratic Alliance, which holds its national congress in Port Elizabeth this week, says the public broadcaster has reneged on an agreement to flight it live on terrestrial TV. It might be a pivotal moment in opposition politics, but is also just another incident in the SABC’s long-running face-off with opposition parties.
A day before the African National Congress’s (ANC) 2012 national elective conference in Mangaung, the SABC detailed its plans for extensive coverage of the event. “Its [sic] all systems go for the SABC in Bloemfontein,” the broadcaster announced. “All eyes will be on the SABC as the official broadcaster, to deliver news live of the conference through both television and radio. Some sessions of the conference will be broadcast live via television and radio during the course of the conference.”
Ahead of its national elective congress in Port Elizabeth this weekend, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday claimed the SABC had reneged on an agreement to carry the event live on terrestrial television, claiming the decision ignores the public interest and the SABC’s own editorial policy.
In a press release, chairperson of…
Source : Daily Maverick