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 21, 1986 |
Apartheid art? "Shaka Zulu" is a gory, foolish and demeaning 10-hour miniseries airing on KCOP Channel 13 at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Dec. 2-3. Shot in South Africa, it seems to shape history to fit a contemporary political theme. Yesteryear's supposedly blood-lusting Zulus fill nearly every frame of "Shaka Zulu," becoming a negative metaphor for today's black South Africans, reinforcing a wild tribal image in contrast to "civilized" whites.
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.
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.