The BCCSA denied an appeal by SABC 3 concerning a broadcast in which businessman Robert Gumede alleged an <i>M&G</i> journalist took a bribe.
The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) on Tuesday denied an appeal by SABC 3 against a finding that it contravened the broadcasting code.
The BCCSA found that an appeal tribunal was “not likely to differ from the first judgement”, said spokesperson Shouneez Martin.
The matter concerned a broadcast on November 3 last year in which businessman Robert Gumede alleged that Mail & Guardian journalist Sam Sole took a bribe and that the newspaper had a racial bias.
The BCCSA found that Gumede’s allegations were given air time, but that the M&G’s response was given insufficient coverage.
The SABC was reprimanded for broadcasting an unbalanced report and was given until March 30 to broadcast a summary of the BCCSA judgement.
As this date had since passed, the BCCSA would have to set a new date for the correction statement, Martin said. — Sapa