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JOHANNESBURG – The SABC yesterday implemented drastic cost-cutting measures when it reduced its feed across all three channels to just a single webcam focused on the foyer of its Auckland Park headquarters. A spokesman for the ailing broadcaster, which is again mired in allegations of infighting, corruption and mismanagement, insisted that the move was purely intended to bring the SABC in line with modern, computer savvy audiences. “The SABC is moving into the future! With this Logitech webcam that we have mounted on top of the snack vending machine at the entrance we are leaving our rivals in the dust!”
But media experts say massive debt, incompetence and constant corporate bloodletting mean the broadcaster exists in a near-permanent state of chaos, and that earlier symptoms such as a failure to secure rights to PSL matches and incessant, non-stop reruns of the Cosby Show were clear warnings that the SABC was heading for trouble. So far TAMS viewership numbers indicate that the new slate of webcam-based programming, including “Drowsy Security Guard”, “Floor Polishing Woman” and “Jeannie D Trying To Catch The Camera’s Attention While Wearing A Gavin Rajah Ball Gown”, has failed to find favour with audiences. Things look set to get even worse for the broadcaster as it was rumoured that DTSV were in the process of securing the rights to the SABC lobby cam from 2014 onwards.