Remembering Govin Reddy

Govin Reddy is considered to be one of the greatest minds in the media landscape. The 74-year-old passed away on Friday morning after a long illness.

At one time in the history of the SABC, Reddy was considered a threat to the corporation for his forward thinking dynamism.

Govin Reddy
The well known media expert pictured here in 2011, Govin Reddy, appealed to graduates of the Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Department of Journalism to stay true to the essence of journalism in the fast and ever changing world of media.

The late stalwart is a media veteran who’s held several senior positions in South Africa and overseas. At the turning point of the broadcasting landscape in South Africa, Reddy held the post of CEO at SABC Radio also as CEO of the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Director of the Media Leadership Institute at Rhodes University, Head of the English Service of Inter Press Service in Rome and President of the London-based Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.

Reddy was also an anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned, banned and exiled in the 1970s and 80s. The late struggle veteran was the leading executive that set up the South Africa – India Business Council whilst he was based in Mumbai for Brand South Africa for 3 years during 2006 – 2009.

Soon after his tenure ended in India, Reddy was appointed Professor Extraordinary by the Universities of Stellenbosch (journalism) and Pretoria (political science).

He served on the boards of the National Lotteries Commission, the Centre for Indian Studies at Wits University, and the Institutional Forum at UNISA. He also holds a Master’s degree in African history from Northwestern University in Chicago.

The South African National Editors Forum says it’s saddened by the news of the passing of media executive, Govin Reddy. He was instrumental in transforming the SABC following the end of apartheid.

Micah Reddy, son of the late media executive talks to SABC News.

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