Swaziland Television is the Government owned television station. It was founded as Swaziland Television Broadcasting Corporation (STBC) in 1978 but collapsed and was reincorporated as the Swaziland Television Authority after it was taken over by the government in 2001.
Under current legislation, STVA is both a regulator and a broadcaster. However this is being addressed in legislative reforms due to be presented to parliament.
CHANNEL S TELEVISION
Channel S is the only independent broadcasting company in Swaziland. It is one of two TV broadcasters, and competes with the Government owned Swaziland Television Authority.Channel S broadcasts for 24 hours with youth entertainment and music during the day.Local content begins daily at 15:00 with Christian programmes followed by a live call in programme and a movie.
The station broadcasts news English news at 19:30 and vernacular news and current affairs at 20:30. The station is owned and managed by Mr. Qhawe Mamba and is based in Manzini.
The Times of Swaziland is the main newspaper group in Swaziland one of the oldest newspaper publications in the region having been founded in 1897 by Allister Miller. Originally published in Manzini, it was closed temporarily when its presses were smashed during the Anglo Boer War. It was subsequently revived as the High Commission Printers in Mbabane. During the 60s it was taken over by the South Africa Argus Group who published it until 1974 before selling it to Douglas Loffler, a British immigrant from Malawi.
His African Echo group has grown over the years and is now made up of three titles; the daily Times of Swaziland, Swazi News publishing on Saturday and SUNDAY published on Sundays. The newspaper’s often independent views and comment have ensured a strained relationship with the government.
The Swazi Observer was established in Swaziland as part of King Sobhuza’s Diamond Jubilee projects in 19981. The project was actively promoted by statesman, Sishayi Nxumalo, a former minister of commerce who enlisted the support of the Lonrho Group which seconded the initial management and technical support.
The newspaper is owned by the Royal Trust, Tibiyo Taka Ngwane. Its publishing offices are in Mbabane while its printing works are in Matsapha.
The Swazi Observer publishes six days a week between Monday and Saturday. Newspaper circulation figures are not audited in Swaziland. However it is estimated that it currently enjoys an average circulation of 8000 per day. The Observer is available daily on the internet.
It is edited by Musa Ndlangamandla.
The Sunday Mirror is a weekly newspaper published in Mbabane. It has a reputation as a racy tabloid but contains some fearless investigative journalism. It is published and edited by Charles Matsebula.