Open Line callers question SABC's 90% local music quota

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is now playing 90% of local music in all its 18 radio stations.

On Wednesday, SABC CEO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, announced that the public broadcaster is implementing the “radical” decision to prioritise local music.

During the Open Line on the Redi Tlhabi show, listeners expressed their diverse views on Hlaudi's decision, with some saying he doesn't say much about the implementation of this new quota.

I support fully the efforts to put the spotlight on the local music industry. I don't know that 90% is the figure. I don't how they justified it. And for me, I don't know whether it's a big debate for you. But the principle and the endeavor to have a policy that local musicians will also get some airtime.

Redi Tlhabi, show host

I like this thing of the local music. I don't think local music gets enough airtime. And there is some incredible stuff that South Africans are not exposed to, especially white South Africans. I do think that this local content should include African music because we're trying to unify Africa, and encompass all Africans who are living in South Africa. I think we are not exposed to enough African music. I really think that local music quota should include African music.

Hugh, caller in Constantia

I think the 90% is too much. What they should rather have done is to make it 50-50. 50% international and 50% local. Local musicians are superb, they are very good, but it becomes monotonous as time goes by. Another solution is why not have another radio station that will just dedicate to local content.

Jennis, caller Benoni

The quota sounds a lot more exciting, but the challenge is this quota doesn't talk anything about giving new artists a platform on those 18 radio stations. We are still going to listen to the very same old artists that we know have broken through to the industry.

Roland, Randburg

Listen to other callers' views below...


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