Media fraternity welcomes appointment of Monare Moshoeshoe as group executive for news at SABC

By Edward Tsumele, CITYLIFE/ARTS Editor

The media fraternity has welcomed warmly the appointment of veteran reporter, editor and media executive Mosheosoe Monare as group executive of news for SABC.

Since the public broadcaster made the announcement on Thursday morning, social media platforms have been awash with messages of congratulations for Monare whose currently position is as a senior media executive at Arena, the company that among other media properties owns Sunday Times, Sowetan, Business Day and Nu Metro.

This massive support for Monare on this hot seat means that he is highly regarded in the media fraternity, having held senior positions in the media. He rose within the ranks of the media from being a reporter at Pretoria News after acquiring a diploma in journalism at the then Northern  Gauteng Technikon, now merged with Techinikon Pretoria to form Tshwane University of Technology, rising to political editor of the Star, editor, The Sunday Independent, Deputy Editor of Mail&Guardian, before ending up at his position he is now leaving at Arena.

“South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Moshoeshoe Monare as the Group Executive for News and Current Affairs effective from 01 June 2022.

Mr. Monare has 25 years experience in the media industry and is currently the Managing Director Operations and Corporate Services at Arena Holdings. He has also served on the boards of several organisations including Tiso Blackstar, the Media Development and Diversity Agency and Publishers Support Services.

Prior to assuming executive roles, he spent almost two decades in editorial operations, as a reporter for the Pretoria News, The Star, Sunday Times and the SABC before occupying senior editorial positions as The Editor of The Sunday Independent, Deputy Editor of Mail and Guardian, Group Political Editor of Independent Newspapers, Executive Editor of The Star and Managing Editor of The Sunday Times and The Times. He also served as a member of the adjudication panel of the Press Council and is a former Deputy Chairperson of SANEF.

Mr. Monare holds a National Diploma in Journalism from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), a BA Honours and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Witwatersrand, an LLB from UNISA and a Management Advancement Programme from Wits Business School. The SABC wishes Mr. Monare well in his new role,” the SABC said about their new appointment..

The hard job will definitely start from the word go on June1, 2022, when he starts his job at the SABC, an environment highly politicised especially when the country will be heading for elections in 2024.

Often people appointed to this position have to deal with not only  the often demanding news environment, but also manage politics as political parties fight for an opportunity to have their representatives on its airwaves, especially during election time.

Previous occupants of this hot position have not found it easy to navigate both politics and news management at the same time.

It will be therefore be interesting to see how Mosheohsoe will fair at the coal face of South African media intersection with hard politics group news executive at the biggest broadcaster in the country.

CITYLIFE/ARTS wishes him well on this new hot position.

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