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Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to address media

The former SABC chief operations officer is expected to speak on a range of issues, including the 90% local content rule that he implemented last year.

FILE: Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is expected to address the media on Wednesday about a range of issues including the 90% local content rule that he implemented last year.

Motsoeneng introduced the new rule to broadcast mostly local content that has reportedly led to a decline in audience numbers and advertising.

The SABC's new interim board is currently working on a plan to haul the broadcaster out of a financial crisis.

Independent broadcast researcher Kate Skinner says it appears he may still have some influence.

“Officially he should not be playing any role, but I think that he does have a lot of influence still and there are people within the SABC, including the Chief Executive Officer James Aguma, who do rely on Motsoeneng still.”

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