South African media icon Govin Reddy, 74, has died

Reddy, an academic and former SABC executive, died last Friday after battling a long illness.

At various times, he was CEO of SABC Radio, 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.

He was also credited as behind the setting up the South Africa-India Business Council.

As an academic, he was a professor of journalism at Stellenbosch University and of political science at the University of Pretoria.

At SABC Radio where he made his biggest mark as CEO in the mid-1990s, Reddy was responsible for the migration from parochial state outfit to a professional public broadcaster.

Tributes have continued to pour in eulogizing Govin, many of which described him as a visionary, personally driven who ensured the SABC served audiences professionally and ethically.

The significant roles he played in South African politics as an anti-apartheid activist who was jailed and then forced into exile are also being highlighted, while many described him as having a great competitive spirit with uncompromising principles of justice and fair play.

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