Allister Sparks

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Allister Sparks "is a journalist, writer and lecturer living in South Africa...

"Mr. Sparks began work as a reporter on the Queenstown Daily Representative in 1951. He was appointed an Assistant Editor of the Rand Daily Mail in 1967 — and served as its editor from 1977 to 1981...

"Later on, he was dismissed as Editor of the Rand Daily Mail following a controversial decision by the newspaper company’s Board of Directors to make the paper appeal more to the country’s affluent white community — and less to the poorer blacks.

"At the end of 1981, Mr. Sparks became the South Africa Correspondent for The Washington Post, The Observer in Britain, and Holland’s leading business daily, the NRC Handelsblad.

"In 1995, Mr. Sparks was appointed to the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation by President Mandela.

"In 1997, he became the editor of the Corporation’s television news and current affairs. In that capacity, he launched a 24-hour Africa news channel, called SABC-Africa, for satellite broadcast to the entire African continent." [1]

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  1. Allister Sparks, theglobalist, accessed April 4, 2009.