The SABC's acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, remains in his position despite having been removed by the previous board. File photo: Tiro Ramatlhatse

Johannesburg - The English news on SABC 3 would be an hour-long from April 1, to allow an opportunity to give coverage to stories from the respective provinces, COO Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng said on Saturday.

“As a public service broadcaster, our various programming has to continuously reflect the needs and wants of our audiences,” Motsoeneng said in a statement.

“This decision was not taken lightly and we are cognisant of the fact that more work needs to be done, and this is but one step in that direction.”

From April 1, the English news bulletin would start at 6.30pm and end at 7.30pm.

Motsoeneng said the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) went on a public drive in August 2012, and viewers felt the television news broadcasts were too short.

“We want the people to know that this is their SABC, and their opinion and input are highly valued and we will continue to engage them on various issues regarding the corporation,” Motsoeneng said.

The programmes that play on SABC 3 at 6.30pm would be moved to SABC 1. - Sapa