COMMUNICATIONS Minister Siphiwe Nyanda has vowed to "jealously guard" the editorial independence of the SABC and its news, writes Christelle Terreblanche in the Pretoria News.

The minister told Parliament he would support any measures to ensure this.

He also outlined a range of stringent financial oversight interventions to bring the near-bankrupt public broadcaster back to financial health after its last financial report showed a deficit of R800-million.

Nyanda was answering questions in the National Assembly on what steps he intended taking to "ensure that the SABC carries out its mandate as an independent, politically unbiased public broadcaster".

This comes after questions on whether the new government would allow the broadcaster its independence after it forced out the board appointed by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2007.

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