Monday, May 30, 2011
RUMOUR PATROL. The SABC's Robin Nicholson, isn't going anywhere. In fact, his contract's been renewed long ago already.
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Don't believe the rumour-not-facts stories from lazy journalists who don't really cover media and television as a real beat and then want to froth at their keyboards when they overhear cocktail party gossip.
Last month a red top Sunday newspaper had a ridiculous story about the SABC's longtime chief financial officer (CFO) Robin Nicholson (who's also the acting group CEO) who might have to leave the corporation. According to the rumour-dished-up-as-fact business story immediately dismissed by everyone who knows better, the continuation of Robin Nicholson's contract as CFO could apparently not be guaranteed or ''reserved'' since the SABC has been freezing all appointments. That meant - according to the dribble - that the SABC could be without a filled CFO position.
The real facts are these: Robin Nicholson's current employment contract as CFO would have expired in June, but had already been renewed months ago. In fact, Robin Nicholson's contract renewal was discussed by the SABC board and SABC chairperson, dr. Ben Ngubane as far back as January of this year. Robin Nicholson isn't going anywhere and the SABC's CFO position is filled and will remain filled.