Moving towards Public Service Broadcasting - Progress in South Sudan
Posted on 6th October 2014
Elizabeth Smith, Chair, Commonwealth Media Group and Consultant, Transforming Broadcasting
On 9 September 2014 the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, signed three Media Acts - the South Sudan Broadcasting Act, the Right to Information Act and the Media Authority Act. The signature by the President had been much delayed on account of the many pressing problems in South Sudan, particularly the security situation.
The Broadcasting Act sets up a South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, though no date for its creation has yet been announced. Meanwhile a new DG of the state broadcaster, SSTVR, has been appointed. He is Khamis Abdelatif, a former Minister, with a police background.
Elizabeth Smith of Transforming Broadcasting is now back from her second trip (4-16 September 2014) to work with the broadcasters of South Sudan on the move towards PSB. The Workshop, held in Uganda, was part of the continuing work of Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, working through NHK International. NHK International has been supporting South Sudan TV and Radio (SSTV/R) for more than a year in a comprehensive and large-scale ongoing training project to help SSTV/R towards Public Service Broadcasting. A Road Map towards Public Service Broadcasting was produced at the last workshop in Kenya in June 2014. This was adopted by SSTV/R staff and proved useful in discussions with the Minister. It was further developed in September 2014. The Uganda workshop was attended by Paul Kumbo, Acting DG of Information and Broadcasting Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, South Sudan (MIOB), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, South Sudan (MIOB), as well as by Faris Matthew, Director of Projects at MOIB, Moyiga Nduru, Director of SSTV, Suzan Dumo, Director of SSR, Ramadan Abulangi, Deputy Head of Engineering and Technical Affairs, SSTV, Abdullah Khamis, Head of Engineering and Technical Affairs, SSR, and Rejoice Samson, Head of English news, SSTV. Staff from the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation were helpful in some of the discussions. Various producers from SSTV/R as well as engineers, attended later sessions.
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