But, what's new today are questions around broadcast "Kingship":
Rhodes Political Studies has organised a teach-in this week on the World Cup, with speakers ranging from the celebratory to the denigratory. I'm giving the concluding talk, which I've titled: "Race & representation in the meaning/s of the 2010 World Cup" (note: 3.8mb ppt file).
In summary, the event was intended (in part) by South African government to create "symbolic engineering" - to re-image South Africa in the first instance, and the interdependent semiotic connection with Africa more broadly in the second instance.
SABC has launched a new orientation for its news - called the Social Reconstruction Initiative (SRI).
The document outlining the strategy paints a picture of SABC trying to determine its own news agenda along developmental lines. That's to be commended for a public broadcaster, except for the very troubling ommission of democratic objectives.