Durban - The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) on Thursday called for an urgent intervention to prevent a 'blackout' at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The financially strained public broadcaster has gone on record saying a blackout was a probability amid struggles to pay its debt and staff.
"We recognise the critical importance of the public broadcaster as the main source of information for the vast majority of South Africans who are mostly poor and marginalised. As such, the R2K is deeply concerned by the imminent possibility of an SABC blackout as a result of low cash flow and indebtedness," said R2K.
The civil society group said the financial situation at the SABC was "unacceptable" and was a result of "decades of under-funding and recent years of mismanagement and corruption".
"While we acknowledge the attempts to turn around these financial woes, it is clear that not enough has been done. It should go without saying that the current SABC is charged with a mandate to draw up and implement a sound turnaround strategy to resolve this long-standing problem.