Towards an analysis of the South African media and transformation, 1994 - 1999
This paper appeared in the journal Transformation,no. 38
      by Guy Berger, Jan 1999

There has been mammoth change in South African media in the first five years of the country's democracy - in legal context, ownership and staffing, and in race, even gender and class. There have been changes in audiences and in the quantity and quality of media. Some of these changes accorded with transformation, some contributed to transformation, some ran counter to transformation and many counted directly as transformation. The media landscape after five years is almost unrecognisable when compared to that existing beforehand. Its transformation may be less than what was wrought in politics and political institutions; its contribution to transformation in these and other spheres may be uneven and contradictory. Yet, transformation there has been.       


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