Urgent meeting called at embattled SABC

It comes a day after acting CEO Jimi Matthews resigned and a letter from three senior reporters.

SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - It's understood an urgent staff meeting is underway at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in Johannesburg, which was called by the company's chairman Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

Bureaus from across the country have been urged to take part in what's known internally as a "re-diffusion session".

Three senior staff members have also written a letter to Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng requesting a meeting to discuss recent developments which they say have heightened a sense of fear and low staff morale in their newsrooms.

It comes a day after Acting Chief Executive Officer Jimi Matthews resigned, stating the corrosive atmosphere at the public broadcaster contributed to his decision to leave.

Three other SABC employees have been suspended for questioning new policies, which prohibit the broadcasting of violent protests and the destruction of state property.

At the same time, opposition political parties and civil society groups have been calling for the COO's suspension.

They've raised concern about recent editorial decisions that amount to censorship, under Motsoeneng's watch.

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