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By unknown | May 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Siki Mgabadeli, the SABC television presenter who two months ago was reported to have resigned, is apparently staying put.

Her name was linked to a number of top-notch presenters who last month resigned from the public broadcaster to join the new CNBC channel.

Those who resigned include Lerato Mbele and Peter Ndoro.

The public broadcaster yesterday insisted that Mgabadeli had not resigned, saying the news of her resignation were just rumours.

But Sowetan sources say that Mgabadeli actually held three meetings with CNBC executives who offered her a position. She, however, turned down the offer when the SABC pre-empted her impending move by offering her a big salary and promoted her to the influential position of economics editor for television.

Mgabadeli also presents Interface, In the Public Interest, reads the news at 10pm and hosts a business slot on SAFM, making her one of the most highly paid presenters at the SABC.

"I did not resign [from the SABC]. It is true that I was offered a position by CNBC which I turned down," she said.

"It is not correct to suggest that I turned down the CNBC offer because of the promotion which was in the pipeline long before my discussions with CNBC."

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago confirmed that Mgabadeli was not leaving the corporation.

"She did not resign.

"As to the counteroffer from the SABC, we cannot divulge anything because such information is confidential," Kganyago said.

CNBC is scheduled to go on air from next month, in competition with Summit TV, a satellite channel broadcasting business news.

The launch of CNBC has changed the broadcast landscape. The impending change has triggered panic at, the SABC and Summit TV as they fight to hold on to their broadcast talent.


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