ANC youth moot own radio station

THE ANC Youth League has announced plans to establish a national youth radio station in conjunction with the SABC.

The league met the interim board of the SABC this week to discuss claims by South African musicians that there was a noticeable decrease in local content on SABC radio and televisions stations.

ANCYL president Julius Malema told a media briefing at Luthuli House in Johannesburg yesterday that the SABC board had agreed to the proposal.

"The ANCYL and the SABC board have agreed to the establishment of a national youth radio station that should cover all areas of the country and strictly focus on youth issues and the promotion of local youth music and programming.

"The ANCYL will on this agreement engage with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to ensure that a licence for such a national youth radio station is granted," Malema said.

The league said it would get the National Youth Development Agency to be part of the SABC's efforts to formulate a funding model for the planned station.

The idea was originally conceived with the league planning to take over the Radio 2000 frequency.

The new station would compete with stations like Yfm and 5FM.

Malema said the league also wanted youth content on prime time television.

"The ANCYL specifically expressed concern about the prioritisation of shows such as Jika Majika over youth educational programmes," he said.

TS Records boss Thembinkosi "TK" Nciza, who was among the music industry representatives who met President Jacob Zuma earlier this year, said the industry was tired of burying artists who died penniless.

He said the musicians were scheduled to meet Zuma next month to assess progress made in the concerns raised with him.

Malema also attacked Talk Radio 702 and the so-called liberal press in South Africa, saying they continued to oppose African majority rule.

"There are newspapers and radio stations that are engaged in a programme to ridicule the leadership of this country and we as the youth of the ANC will defend these people."