As of today SABC radio stations will be playing 90% local music. The public broadcaster announced yesterday that as of May 12 it will play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations which includes 5FM and Good Hope FM. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC chief operating officer, said in a statement that “The SABC has taken a radical decision about its local content offering across all its radio, television and digital platforms. It is in this context that the decision on local music will ensure that the SABC fully reflects the various styles of local music on offer”.
Here’s a list of the current SABC radio stations.
I havn’t been listening to the radio today so have no idea if they are indeed playing 90% local music.
“This came after consultations with local music producers, said SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.
“The music to be played will be across all genres, with a special focus on kwaito, jazz, reggae and gospel.The SABC will play more music from legends in the industry as well as up-and-coming artists,” said Kganyago.
“The SABC will engage its audiences to evaluate whether they are satisfied with these changes. This process will pave the way for the corporation to make an informed decision going forward.” [eNCA]
Now you know.
UPDATE: some mixed reports, but the SABC has confirmed that 5FM and Metro FM will not be exempt from the new 90% local music policy.
This comes after many people sent in the following Tweet from SAfm News.
“The SABC has 18 radio stations and all 18 will be required to keep to the new quota policy. No station will be exempt from it,” he said.” [TimesLIVE]