TV to go 80% local



May 16, 2016
TV to go 80% local

PLANS: SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng wants more SA shows. CREDIT: Sourced

SABC COO on mission to prioritise local content.

SABC dik ding Hlaudi Motsoeneng is on a mission to bring more local content to the national broadcaster.

Last week the SABC chief operations officer announced that its 18 radio stations would now have to pump up its local music content to 90 percent.

And now it seems he has his sights set on TV.

“I have been chairing a meeting where I have been dealing with this issue of content. I am going to revamp SABC3. It will be 80 percent local movies,” Motsoeneng told City Press.

“It is painful for me when we go and interact with film makers. They tell me they go outside when we have our own SABC. We want to be at a place where South Africans can produce their own movies in their own languages and English, so we can compete internationally.”

He says he wants authentic SA content and not just dramas and soapies that portray “a cultural angle”.

“Don’t worry about risk. Risk is me and I own up to it. But I know this is a good risk,” he told the newspaper.

When asked if he expects a backlash about the radio and proposed TV local quota, he says: “Who will be complaining?

“I’m in charge. How will you complain to me when I’m in charge?”

“I know that people are saying it is a risk, but risk is a part of me.

“I like risk because if I can’t take a risk, it means we can’t move as a country to change South Africa, especially on the content side.

“I always introduce risk in life because part of my job is to take that risk and I am glad that we are saying, finally, 90% South African music.”

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