The Independent Producers’ Organisation has learned with great sadness of the passing of Libby Lloyd on Thursday 18 January 2018.
Libby Lloyd was a committed activist, journalist and researcher on freedom of expression and media policy. She worked for both mainstream and alternative newspapers, radio stations, and magazines in South Africa in the 1980s and early 1990s and helped establish the journalists’ union, the Association for Democratic Journalists, during that period. She was the head of radio at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, in the mid-1990s before moving into media policy development.
During the first democratic elections in 1994, she was appointed on the Independent Media Commission to ensure that all political parties received fair coverage; she was a councillor with the Independent Broadcasting Authority (the predecessor of Icasa) working on setting up the regulatory framework for new radio and television stations and became a member of the inaugural ICASA board in 2000.
Libby took up her position as the first CEO of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) in 2003, and was a member of one of the interim Boards of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
“Libby was a passionate advocate for a true public broadcaster and made a sterling contribution to the broadcast industry, including especially in pioneering the progressive local content and commissioning regulations at the dawn of democracy”, says Producer Feizel Mamdoo.
She also applied her deep insight into and knowledge of our sector as a consultant qnd lobbyist, working on projects including media and development issues and policy, focusing on gender and communications. Among other things, she developed the SABC language policy conducted research into public broadcasting regulation in South Africa, funding models for community radio, the impact of the criminalization of journalism in Africa, media codes for elections, and mainstreaming gender issues into ICT laws and policies. She was chosen as Vodacom Media Woman of the Year in 2005.
Libby passed away on Thursday in Johannesburg after a two-year battle with cancer.
We shall miss your depth of knowledge, your insight, your willingness to help, your bravery. Hamba kahle Libby.
The National Association of Broadcasters of South Africa pays tribute to Libby Lloyd