Transforming the Mediascape in South Africa: The Continuing Struggle to Develop Community Radio

Tacchi, Jo A. (2002) Transforming the Mediascape in South Africa: The Continuing Struggle to Develop Community Radio. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, pp. 68-77.


As a new democracy, South Africa's adoption of community radio is significant on a global scale. It can be said to have more progressive broadcasting policies than other long established democracies. But the sector, despite its rapid growth, is struggling. This paper considers community radio in South Africa as an example of 'citizens' media’ that is transforming the country's mediascape. It draws on interviews undertaken in South Africa during late 2001 to discuss the problems that the sector is facing. The role of legislation and regulation is considered as well as an example of a community radio station that serves a severely disadvantaged community. Social and economic underdevelopment in historically disadvantaged communities is seen as a major problem and an example of an initiative that seeks to develop such communities through community radio is described.

"If communities cannot have the houses they were promised and the free education they long for their children, let alone the jobs that they are forever crying for, let them at least have their voices" (Console Tleane 2001:32).

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ID Code: 7178
Item Type: Journal Article
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ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 University of Queensland Press
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Deposited On: 27 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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