Jimi Matthews to head SABC TV news

Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 February 2011:  Jimi Matthews says he’s looking forward to re-joining SABC to head up its TV
Jimi Matthews
news division. The former Reuters newsman starts his new job next month.

Jimi told TVZ, “I’m looking forward to going back to SABC; it provides the only source of news and information for the vast majority of our people in South Africa and for that reason it remains important. I wouldn’t be going back if I didn’t think I had a role to play.”

SABC – which has been criticised for political interference in its news reporting – said in announcing the appointment of Jimi Matthews that it was “committed to restore its credibility”.

Jimi is one of the most experienced television journalists in South Africa. He worked for Reuters TV before heading the news division at e.tv. In 2002 he switched to become head of TV news at SABC, later becoming head of Sports production at the channel. In 2007 he left to run the news channel that was being launched by Telkom Media.

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