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- Allied Technologies (Altech) subsidiary UEC has appointed Peter Balchin as its new CEO. Balchin will take over the business as the company prepares to begin the manufacturing of SA's new TV decoders needed for the digital migration process.
According to Altech, Balchin has extensive industry experience, having worked at Pace Networks, Novatel Wireless and Nortel Networks, in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The Board of South Africa’s public broadcaster has resolved that the appointment of the Group Executive News & Current Affairs, Phil Molefe is null and void and has no legal effect. In a special Board meeting held on May 22nd, attended by 10 out of its 12 non-executive directors, the Board heard legal opinion that the appointment was not lawful because it had not been made by the Board in a manner required by the SABC's Memorandum and Articles of Association. The Articles of Association and Delegation of Authority Framework states that appointments at a Group Executive level must be made by the Board. This is couched in mandatory terms.

Veteran Kenya broadcaster Tony Msalame passed away on May 28 after a short illness. Msalame will be remembered for his popular show, sheki legi (shake your leg) that aired at Metro FM on weekends. This sad piece of news comes a week after another long time journalist and former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation's (KBC) board of directors chairman James Kangwana passed on May 25 Nairobi.