BROADCASTING INDUSTRY HITTING WAVES
By: Lucky Khanyile
There is an exponential growth in the Broadcasting industry in South Africa into 21 years of democracy.
Nadia Bulbulia, member of National ICT Policy Review Panel of the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services, revealed this in a Broadcast seminar hosted
by the Faculty of Arts and Design at Durban University of Technology, City campus.
“There has been a significant growth in the last 20 years mainly because there has been a new method of licensing unlike before 1994. There is now a public,
commercial and community broadcasters,” she said.
Bulbulia hailed the content on broadcasting channels and expressed her delights on the variety of languages in broadcast, acting as a catalyst in the growth of the
“We have great opportunity for people to access content in their languages and content that is appealing to most people. The less censorship in programmes has
created a very open view,” said Bulbulia.
Despite hailing the content and the growth of the industry, Bulbulia went on to blast South African Broadcast Corporation for the repeat of the archives in the national
“SABC is leading in terms of archives but the viewers have less to do about this since it is a free to air station. There is an instability that causes a stir,” she said.
Bulbulia stressed out that there is a shortage of children’s content mainly because it is deemed expensive and SABC is struggling to get sponsors for these shows. However,she expressed her delights on the variety of languages in broadcasting as a whole.
One of the students from Video Technology, Siyabonga Mngoma was thrilled by the seminar. Mngoma said that he was not aware of the various opportunities present in the broadcasting industry and still believes a lot needs to be desired in terms of different race.
“The industry might have opportunities but it is still white dominated especially in high positions; Directors or Producers. I am happy with the contribution of the
broadcasting industry in creating job opportunities.
The purpose of the seminar is to reflect on developments in the broadcasting industry over the last twenty years and considering challenges and opportunities.
The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design, Dr Rene Smith was the host of the day.
Seminars are expected to continue every month.