Ed Richardson - Tutor: Broadcast Journalism

Ed-Richardson Ed Richardson started working as a freelance journalist while studying for his B.Journ at Rhodes University during the 1970s. His career has covered all forms of journalism and most subjects. He has worked as a field reporter and editor in the print, radio, television and online media.

His broadcast career started as a sub-editor for the national news bulletins on the SABC in 1983 (in the days when news was written on a typewriter). Ed spent the next nine years gaining extensive experience in both radio and television journalism. On the radio side, he edited and compiled bulletins for the SABC’s Africa services, and then moved on to actuality reporting. When he left the SABC in 1992, he was executive producer of two flagship live news programmes, Radio Today and Audiomix.

Before being asked to head up the two programmes, he was manager of Global Television, an in-house company which produced news and documentaries for the international market. That was after working in the field as a reporter and producer for Global Television.

Since leaving the SABC, Ed has retained his interest in broadcasting and continues to write documentary scripts. He has also worked with community radio stations, advising them on their news and actuality content.

Ed is currently the head of Siyathetha Communications, a communications specialist company.

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