‘SABC News app aims for integrated approach to news gathering’

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has recently introduced a new News App where consumers can access daily breaking news and updates as it happens.

Group Executive of News and Current Affairs, Phathiswa Magopeni, says the SABC has taken an integrated approach in its practice of news gathering.

“There is going to be a continuous process to build other features into the app. We also have a mandate to ensure that there’s universal access to information and news. We are going to get to a point where news and information are available in African languages,” says Magopeni.

Group Executive for the Media and Technology Infrastructure Dr Craig Van Rooyen says the app launch comes in time for the upcoming elections.

“There’s still a lot more coming out of the app. This is the first version of the app and we’re very much dependent on feedback from our audiences so that we can start enhancing this app.

Dr Van Rooyen says the app is unique in that it appeals to video, read media and audio.

The SABC News App was developed by the broadcaster’s news and technology divisions and is available to download for Android from Play Store and for iOS at the App Store and which will allow the consumers to live stream the news channel, news videos and to even listen live to the 19 radio stations.

Network Senior Producer Siphumelele Zondi explains how the app works and what this tool can do: