Blessed Ngwenya

DPhil Student

Blessed Ngwenya is currently a DPhil student.  He completed his BA in 2004 and his BA Honours in 2005 with English and Media as majors at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He obtained his MA with distinction from the same University where he investigated ‘The Sustainability of Community Radio as a distinct form of Broadcasting’. He acquired management experience prior to joining UNISA. He has managed the Witwatersrand campus radio station “Voice of Wits” from April 2004-December 2005. Apart from managing the Voice of Wits Blessed has also played a pivotal role in establishing t he University of South Africa radio station (U-FM) as the project coordinator. He has worked in Moments Production House as a researcher and has presented a number of conference papers on community radio . He has also conducted research on Representation of Genocide in the Media in Rwanda and Zimbabwe and a radio documentary on the dialectic of South African and American hip-Hop music. Blessed comes from the UNISA Department of Communication Science where he has been a lecturer for two years. He is currently in the CSLS at Oxford University and his research paper is entitled: “ The fragmented public in the SABC: Implications for policy and regulation”.

Research interests

International communication, broadcasting policy and regulation, influences of globalisation and internationalisation on broadcasting and information and communication technology (ICT).