July 31, 1996 |
In newspapers all around Britain, sportswriters are sounding a recurring complaint about NBC's coverage of the Atlanta Games. They describe it as highly partisan, even jingoistic, and charge that most of the non-American participants are ignored. But those who switch on the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Olympic coverage find programming that is almost totally focused--with equal patriotic fervor--on British participants in the Games. Before an event, commentators pump up the British contestant.
November 20, 1998 |
If your image of Africa, gleaned from CNN, is one of pain and suffering and senseless death, the South African Broadcasting Corp. hopes to brighten the picture. If it makes some money doing so, that would be nice too. Beginning this week, the state-owned television network is broadcasting a 24-hour news channel devoted to Africa that pledges to fill the "cosmic black hole" in Western coverage of the world's poorest continent.
November 1, 1989 |
A song by award-winning black American singer Tracy Chapman praising jailed black leader Nelson Mandela has been banned from South African state radio and television. The South African Broadcasting Corp. said Tuesday that "Freedom Now" and another song, "Material World," were "undesirable for broadcasting." It did not elaborate. The songs may still be played by independent stations.
May 1, 1987 |
The biggest stage hit in South Africa this year, playing to full houses at one of Cape Town's top theaters, is a musical commemorating a mixed-race neighborhood demolished to make room for whites. Four songs from "District Six--The Musical" are banned from the airwaves of the government-controlled South African Broadcasting Corp. But the show has won nightly standing ovations from multiracial audiences at the 650-seat Baxter Theater.
September 25, 1987 |
Six Cabinet ministers in the South African black homeland of Transkei resigned Thursday because of an investigation into corruption that implicated the prime minister, Transkei officials said. For several hours, South Africa's state radio reported that Transkei's military had seized control of the nominally independent homeland and placed at least eight Cabinet ministers under house arrest. The South African Broadcasting Corp. later revised its report and said no coup had occurred.
June 3, 1988 |
A right-wing South African politician charged Bill Cosby, his ever-popular family sitcom and state-run television with bringing the message of the banned African National Congress into South African homes. Conservative Party member Chris Jacobs lambasted the South African Broadcasting Corp.