Monday, October 16, 2017

Vice Media coming to South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa as Kwesé VICE in partnership with Econet Media's Kwesé TV; will open production studio and ad agency in Johannesburg.

Vice Media that runs TV channels like Viceland is coming to South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa with its content and will produce new local African content as part of a joint venture with Econet Media that runs Kwesé TV.

The joint venture between Kwesé TV and Vice Media will be known as Kwesé VICE.

Content from Vice Media, like its weekly documentary and news show VICE that's similar to Carte Blanche, was briefly broadcast by M-Net on MultiChoice's DStv in mid-2014.

Kwesé VICE will launch in 2018 and will produce original programming from its Johannesburg headquarters, with satellite offices in Nairobi, Kenya as well as in Lagos, Nigeria.

With Kwesé that is rapidly expanding its presence in Johannesburg from its South African head office in Bryanston, Kwesé Studios signage is for instance also already visible at the front entrance of the Urban Brew Studios lot in Randburg.

While Econet Media isn't yet allowed or licensed to operate its Kwesé TV service in South Africa as either an over-the-top or direct-to-home (DTH) offering, it last month launched its Kwesé Play Roku device in South Africa integrating a partnership with Netflix.

Moving forward Kwesé TV will be the home of the Viceland channel in sub-Saharan Africa as part of Kwesé TV's ongoing expansion across 45 African countries.

Besides the content division Kwesé VICE is establishing, it will also be housing a local African unit of Vice Media's ad agency, Virtue Worldwide in Johannesburg.

Vice Media says it will "hire the best young creatives, journalists and filmmakers locally, and air tailored lifestyle and culture programming across linear and digital platforms around-the-clock for the young audience in Africa."

"Continuing to build on what’s been a flourishing partnership with Econet over the past year, we're excited to be fully launching Vice across the region," says Matt Elek, CEO of Vice Media for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in a statement.

"Pairing Econet Media's extensive local knowledge and innovative distribution with Vice's creative powerhouse and storytelling expertise, we're committed to delivering a fresh new voice for Africa's diverse youth audiences".

Joseph Hundah, president and CEO of Econet Media says "this venture is particularly exciting as it adds to our offering for the youth demographic across the continent".

"VICE is an important strategic partner for us in building an innovative, future-focused media business for Africa".

ITV Choice adds The Voice UK and spin-off, The Voice UK Kids for broadcast in January and mid 2018.

From the upcoming 7th season The Voice UK will be shown on ITV Choice (DStv 123) from early 2018 after the rights have switched from the BBC to ITV in the United Kingdom.

ITV Choice will also be showing the spin-off series The Voice UK Kids for children between 7 and 14, and will start with the upcoming second season that will start somewhere in mid-2018.

The American version of The Voice used to be on SABC3 until M-Net (DStv 101) decided to do a local version, The Voice SA, and took over the American rights and started showing The Voice to make viewers familiar.

So far The Voice SA has been very successful for M-Net, with The Voice Nigeria that is being filmed in South Africa and broadcast on M-Net's Africa Magic on DStv throughout  Africa as well.

ITV Choice will show British episodes of The Voice UK as an Express from the UK title and will broadcast episodes on Sunday evenings within 24 hours after its being shown in the United Kingdom.

"We are very excited to be bringing The Voice UK 2018 to South Africa and even more delighted that the ITV Choice audience will be able to watch the show so close to its UK premiere," says Katherine, Wen, ITV Choice channel director in a statement.

"It will be shown exclusively on ITV Choice in Africa and is the perfect family entertainment."

Aletta Alberts, MultiChoice's head of content says "this is something really special for both DStv and fans of The Voice UK and we are thrilled that ITV Choice has pulled off such an exciting acquisition."

DAILY TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 16 October 2017.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:

■ Turns out that The Orville is better than Star Trek: Discovery.
Seth MacFarlane's "gushing valentine to Star Trek" is "everything Star Trek: Discovery is not: cheerful, pleasant to behold and with an emphasis on cerebral storytelling".
The Orville has started to focus more on stories and is striking a better balance between story and humour.
The Orville needs more episodes like episode 6 "Krill".
With each episode The Orville starts to more deftly juxtapose comedy and social commentary.

■ Bloodied Boulevard: How the Harvey Weinstein sexual predator scandal exposed Hollywood's dirty secret.
Harvey Weinstein is just one example of a wider and current problem Hollywood deliberately ignores.
Lawyer Lisa Bloom admits she was wrong to represent the sexual predator.
Amazon Jeff Bezos says Roy Price is suspended "indefinitely" says Amazon is reviewing the two projects it has with The Weinstein Company.
Australian actress Natalie Mendoza on how Harvey Weinstein groped her.
Jane Fonda tells Amanpour on CNN International about Harvey Weinstein: "I'm ashamed I didn't say anything".

- MUST WATCH: Tina Brown on BBC Newsnight about Harvey Weinstein.
- MUST WATCH:  Emma Thompson on BBC Newsnight slams Harvey Weinstein; insider revelations about showbiz.

■ Utter silence from the fashion industry on the sexual predator Harvey Weinstein scandal. Why?

MUST READ: Editor-at-large Kim Masters at The Hollywood Reporter details at the Columbia Journalism Review the threat legal letters she got in trying to report the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Amazon's Roy Price and how The Hollywood Reporter didn't want her story.

MUST READ: Harvey Weinstein's fixer Fabrizio Lombardo says he didn't "hunt" for the sexual predator.

■ MUST READ: Pack of hyenas": How all those around Harvey Weinstein became the sexual predator's enablers.
"A system of abuse involving some of the most famous people on the planet, in which success was measured not in awards or fame or box office revenue, but in silence".

■ Amazon is spending billions on Amazon Prime Video and investors need more clarity on what Amazon plans to get out of it.
"Amazon doesn't seem to have a coherent strategy for what programming it should be serving up".

■ Namibian citizens furious over Namibia's Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) that wants to "force" them to pay TV licenses.
Growing storm as Namibians vent their fury over Namibia's public broadcaster that doesn't have a right to force them to pay for a TV set that doesn't belong to them. Namibians slam the National Broadcasting Corporation to improve its pathetic programming.

■ YouTube lifts its restrictions on banning Swaziland's bare breast dancers.
Reed dance videos no longer blocked after afterbare-breasted women protest: "My breasts are not inappropriate".

■ The shocking implosion of Cricket South Africa's T20GL.
South Africa's national embarrassment after Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Haroon Lorgat messed up the empty promise of the T20 Global League, the SABC's "contribution" to that, how CSA demanded enormous fees from SuperSport, and how whatever broadcast deals might be made in future will be for much smaller amounts.

■ After Syfy cancelled Dark Matter the plan was for MGM to pick it up for a Stargate cross-over.
The science fiction drama series seen on The Universal Channel (DStv 117) was abruptly cancelled a few months ago.
The plan was to do a 4th season on the new Stargate Command streaming service and to link the show to the Stargate franchise. Unfortunately the contracts for the production's sets and cast members ran out because the deal-making took to long, so theres no chance of a fourth season for Dark Matter.

■ What kind of journalism should the BBC do and not do?
"There have always been issues and events that the BBC is less likely to cover than its commercial news rivals".

■ Game of Thrones led to a surge of subscribers for Sky in the United Kingdom.
Dragons brought the pay-TV customers to the yard.

■ MultiChoice Nigeria dragged to court over allegedly showing a Yoruba film it didn't have the rights to.
DStv Nigeria says it bought and showed the Yoruba soap operas Ayeloja, Owo ida and Ofin as 26-episode series it acquired from Frank Dallas Communications but never showed the film Aroni Rogun Matidi.

Mzansi Magic: Sorry Babes, no reality TV show; pours cold water on Qqom Queen's claims of a reality series.

Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) is pouring cold water over the Qqom Queen’s claim of having a reality show on the channel, telling TVwithThinus it's not doing a reality TV series with Babes Wodumo.

The 23-year old Durbanite who keeps bumbling from the one awkward public embarrassment to the next, told the Sunday Tribune yesterday that she has a reality show on M-Net’s Mzansi Magic channel with cameras that will start rolling next week to catch her all her glam and qqom.

Reality TV show projects from high-profile South African female stars like Bonang Matheba and Minnie Dlamini caught a lot of buzz and headlines the past few months and Babes apparently now wants in on it too.

"Viewers will see that I am not fake," Babes Womdumo told the Sunday Tribune who earlier this year partied while she was supposed to apply for an American visa under her real name of Bongekile Simelane.

Babes Wodumo was supposed to apply for an American visa in person to attend the BET Awards in America in June, but did interviews and attended parties like the sendoff party from the eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede using taxpayers’ money. Babes ended up unable to go.

Recently Babes Wodumo implored the South African public to help her search for her missing USB that according to her carried the link to a new song.

The pay-TV broadcaster dispelled Babes Wodumo's claims of a reality show on Mzansi Magic that’s supposed to start broadcasting in November on the channel that’s carried on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform.

"We do not have a programme that has been commissioned regarding Babes Wodumo," Nondumiso Mabece, M-Net’s head of publicity for local entertainment channels, told TVwithThinus.

“We have seen a number of reality show proposals centered around various personalities including Babes Wodumo but we do not have a commissioned programme.”

Babes has now been nominated for the MTV European Awards 2017 in the Best Africa act category.

The 24th edition of this awards show will take place in London on 12 November and will be broadcast on MTV (DStv 130). For Babes Wodumo this means travelling to the United Kingdom, a country for which South Africans need a separate visa.

Babes Wodumo said "I will definitely be attending the MTV awards. I have sorted out the visa. I am going".

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Support Public Broadcasting (SOS Coalition) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) files urgent court application demanding that Jacob Zuma appoints the new SABC board.

The public pressure group Support Public Broadcasting (SOS Coalition) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) on Friday filed a joint application in the High Court in Johannesburg,demanding that South African president Jacob Zuma appoint the permanent SABC board within 48 hours.

The rudderless and cash-strapped SABC, deep in debt, posted a R977 million loss and continues to drift aimlessly without any SABC board since Jacob Zuma refuses to rubber-stamp the appointments sent to him a month ago by parliament.

With no board since the term of the SABC interim board lapsed, South Africa's minister of communications Ayanda Dlodlo who says she doesn't want any on the SABC interim board members to serve on the permanent SABC board, secretively delegated the accounting authority of the SABC board to current acting SABC CEO Nomsa Philiso.

This past Thursday Ayanda Dlodlo suddenly rushed to abruptly extend the terms of the executives who have been acting in all of the SABC's top executive positions.

Ayanda Dlodlo who has lost trust from South Africa's TV industry after promises to save, properly clean up and stabilise the SABC, extended the terms of Nomsa Philiso (acting SABC CEO), Bessie Tugwana (acting SABC COO) and Thabile Dlamini (acting SABC CFO) who will all continue in their acting roles with their acting appointment terms extended until the vacancies for these positions are filled on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile SABC staffers on the verge of revolt, are planning strike action and are demanding the removal of several alleged executives who are so-called "Hlaudi enforcers" like acting news boss Kenneth Makatees, Nothando Maseko and for an investigation into the appointment of Bessie Tugwana as acting COO.

There's now calls for an urgent parliamentary meeting to be held this coming week.

In their joint urgent court application, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS Coalition) is demanding that Jacob Zuma appoint the new permanent SABC board within 48 hours if he wants to avoid legal action.

Besides Jacob Zuma, the SABC, Ayanda Dlodlo, the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) political party and the SABC interim board are all listed as respondents.

"It is declared that Jacob Zuma's failure to appoint or/and undue delay in appointing the fifth to sixth respondents (interim board) as non-executive members of the SABC board is unlawful and unconstitutional," says MMA and SOS in the urgent court application.

"As a matter of law, the president has no discretion regarding whether to appoint SABC board members identified by the National Assembly. The only role for the president is to determine the chairperson and deputy chairperson from the board members identified by the National Assembly."

"This makes the delay in appointment, with respect, simply inexplicable."

If Jacob Zuma fails to appoint the SABC board on Monday 16 October, he will have to file a notice of intention to oppose the MMA and SOS Coalition court application by 17:00, and will have to file his answering affidavit by Tuesday 17 October.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Calls for urgent parliamentary meeting next week after SABC staffers threaten strike; DA political party says staffers 'within their rights to take action to prevent SABC sliding backwards'.

There's calls for an urgent parliamentary meeting to be held in the coming week after angry and fed-up SABC staffers are saying they're planning to strike.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) political party has called for an urgent meeting to be held in parliament in the coming week following threatened strike action by SABC trade unions who say they've had enough of "threats and fear" at the beleaguered and cash-strapped South Africa public broadcaster plagued by mismanagement.

SABC staffers on the verge of revolt, want acting SABC news boss Kenneth Makatees a so-called "enforcer of the SABC's Protest Policy" gone.

SABC staffers are also demanding the immediate suspension and removal of several alleged executives who are so-called "Hlaudi enforcers" like Nothando Maseko and are demanding an investigation into the appointment of Bessie Tugwana as acting COO.

The DA political party's member of parliament, Phumzile van Damme, says the DA "fully supports the right of SABC staff to engage in legal strike action" - something that trade unions Bemawu and the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) has told SABC top management could lead to a SABC blackout.

The DA says several of the demands in the joint letter of demand on Friday that Bemawu and the CWU sent to the SABC's top executives are reasonable, particularly "the immediate appointment of the SABC board as recommended by parliament, disciplinary action against the former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and so-called enforcers", and a "full investigation" of the SABC's since overturned SABC TV News censorship policy.

"The brilliant work initiated by the SABC interim board to steer the SABC to calm waters has been stalled, and the public broadcaster has begun sliding backwards," says Phumzile van Damme.

"The SABC has many talented, qualified staff who care deeply about ensuring that the public broadcaster delivers on its mandate to South Africa."

"They are therefore well within their rights to take action to prevent the SABC sliding backwards and once again becoming a cesspool of corruption, mismanagement and poor programming."

The Democratic Alliance political party wants parliament's portfolio comittee on communications to hold a meeting in the coming week to allow the trade unions Bemawu and CWU, as well as the so-called 'SABC8" journalists who protested the SABC's news censorship policy, to "tell their side of the story".

"Many of the concerns raised by the SABC staff could have been prevented did the SABC have a board in place".

Former SABC CEO quitter Lulama Mokhobo resurfaces as one of 13 candidates who now wants to be on the broadcasting regulator's council.

Several candidates were interviewed this week in South Africa's parliament for vacant positions on the council of the country's broadcasting regulator, Icasa.

Candidates appeared before parliament's portfolio committee on communications in Cape Town for interviews as possible replacements for empty seats on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (Icasa) Council.

The former SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo resurfaced who infamously quit after just a few months because she was unable to cope at the South African broadcaster where the controversial and famously matricless executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng usurped her authority.

Also interviewed were the former e.tv executive Natalie-Ann Delport who raised eyebrows when she told the portfolio committee that she wants MultiChoice to lower the subscription fees for DStv.

Natalie-Ann Delport failed to explain how she wants DStv subscription fees to be lowered, or why as a would-be Icasa council member she is unsupportive of a free market economy within South Africa's broadcasting industry as far as private broadcasting operators are concerned.

The experienced broadcasting expert and academic Kate Skinner is also on the list and was a former co-ordinator of the Support Public Broadcasting (SOS Coalition) public pressure group advocating for good public broadcasting in South Africa.

15 candidates were shortlisted for interviews but 2 - Prof Onkaetse Mmusi and Themba Phiri - withdrew.

The other candidates are Thembeka Simane, Andrew Phetho, Adv Cawekazi Mahlati, Dr Mashilo Boloka, Nomonde Gongxeka-Seope, Rubben Mohlaloga, Thabo Makhakhe, Peter Hlapolosa, Ashraf Patel and Phosa Mashangoane

Candidates were asked about the South African government's long-delayed and failed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project, broadcasting licences, and broadcasting regulation and legislation.

The American medical drama series, The Night Shift, seen on M-Net in Africa gets the shift - cancelled after 4 seasons.

The American medical drama series The Night Shift seen in South Africa and Africa on M-Net (DStv 101) has been cancelled after 4 seasons.

The fourth season of the Sony Pictures TV Studios drama series ended at the end of August and there won't be more episodes.

"We want to thank our amazing creators and executive producers, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, for their dedication and stellar work; a cast and crew that were second to none; and the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which graciously opened its arms to us," says Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment in a statement.

"For four seasons The Night Shift gave audiences a window to heroic doctors, nurses and all-star medical workers who never hesitated to give their blood, sweat and time to help those most in need."

The Night Shift that was created and executive produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah followed the medical staff at the San Antonio Memorial Hospital with actors Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf playing trauma surgeon Dr. Scott Clemmens.

A+E Networks Africa apologises for stuck-on-repeat Married at First Sight SA broadcast blunder on Lifetime as DStv subscribers slam the show.

Disappointed and angry viewers divorced and tuned out the first new episode of the second season of Married at First Sight South Africa on Friday night when unexplained technical issues marred the broadcast on Lifetime (DStv 131) and saw the episode stuck in an endless loop of repeating the same insert without any intervention.

On Thursday the Lifetime Africa channel run by A+E Networks Africa, a subsidiary of A+E Networks UK, told viewers to "brace yourself for the unexpected season two of Married at First Sight SA".

The unexpected thing that however ended up happening on Friday the 13th, turned into an embarrassment for sponsors Telkom and 1Life, MultiChoice, A+E Networks Africa and production company Oxyg3n Media headed up by Rebecca Fuller-Campbell, when the same 15 minutes of the episode kept repeating four times over without any fix or on-screen advisory, apology or notification.

During the show Lifetime Africa on social media said it's a technical glitch and that it will be "sorted out soon", however the hour ended with no fix and yet another repeat after the last in-show ad break.

It's not the first time that the stuck-on-repeat happened with Married at First Sight SA on Lifetime and viewers slamming the "internal deficiencies" were not happy.

After the Groundhog Day-like endless repeating started, furious viewers who wanted to watch the second season of Married at First Sight South Africa said they're tuning out of the show, while some started mocking the show, saying they know what's going to happen next and after the next commercial break.

"MAFSSA just got a 100% divorce rate," said Michelle on Twitter, while another viewer weighed in with "why is the same thing showing every 15 min followed by an ad break? Married at First Sight SA - what a waste of an everything. Poor show."

Thabang Mawela wanted to know why "Lifetime South Africa are trashing a good franchise. This is a joke" and another viewers remarking that "guess there will be a new position open for a logger on Monday. Hit me up."

"Sorry, after watching the overseas ones, sorry this is just pure incompetence. You're not ready yet," said Mambhele Manaka.
"Why are you playing the same over and over, I'm never watching this show again...first impression lasts," said Yonwaba Boyana.
"Fire everyone Lifetime SA you guys need new staff! Clearly not a single individual can take charge and sort this out," said Lynne Nietz.

"I knew she'd say, 'I woke up one day, I was 26 and I was single' in tears because it's repeated three times. Lifetime you owe us two times the episodes," said Nkosazana.

— Luvuyo Mkumatela (@Luvuyom) October 13, 2017 I'm going to watch Muvhango rather," said Luvuyo Mkumetela - referencing SABC2's Venda soap.

The show that did a special reunion episode last week to catch up with previous participants, will screen the same episode of last night - hopefully corrected in its full hourlong length - tonight at 19:10 on Lifetime.

A+E Networks Africa quickly responded to a media enquiry made Friday night about the show's broadcasting blunder on Lifetime caused by the playout centre, apologising for the "Friday the 13th" mistake but not explaining why the technical mistake happened.

Lifetime Africa said sorry to viewers who tuned in and who didn't know what was going on and that A+E Networks Africa is themselves disappointed that fans couldn't watch the episode.

"Due to technical difficulties during episode 2, segment one was repeated throughout the show," said Nazarene Khan, head of marketing and sponsorship at A+E Networks Africa in response to a media enquiry from TVwithThinus.

"Lifetime Africa apologises to our loyal viewers for this technical hiccup. We are disappointed that fans of the show were unable to watch it in its entirety. The good news is that viewers will have chance to catch up during the following slots."

The episode will repeat on Saturday (14 Oct) 10:55 and 19:10, Sunday (15 Oct) 21:40, Monday (16 Oct) 07:35 and 14:20, Wednesday (18 Oct) 07:35 and 14:20 and Friday 20 Oct at 20:00.

This will be followed by the 3td episode of Married at First Sight SA in its correct timeslot at 20:50.

"Please note that this will affect the broadcast of Bride and Prejudice (episode 2) on Friday 20 October. This will be moved out by a week to accommodate the double bill of Married at First Sight South Africa season 2," said Nazarene Khan.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Angry SABC staffers demand immediate suspension, removal of alleged 'Hlaudi enforcers' Kenneth Makatees, Nothando Maseko; investigation into COO Bessie Tugwana's appointment.

Angry SABC staffers at the struggling South African public broadcaster in a strongly-worded letter are demanding the immediate suspension and removal of several alleged executives who are so-called "Hlaudi enforcers" like acting news boss Kenneth Makatees, Nothando Maseko and for an investigation into the appointment of Bessie Tugwana as acting COO.

SABC staffers on the verge of revolt, want Kenneth Makatees a so-called "enforcer of the SABC's Protest Policy" gone.

Kenneth Makatees recently had a meeting with the president Jacob Zuma, with the presidency that has refused to answer calls for a release of the meeting's transcripts.

SABC staffers are furious and are warning the public broadcaster that protected strike action is planned at the public broadcaster.

The SABC, deep in the red and having posted a R977 million loss, is mired in mismanagement, sits with no board and only acting executives in all of its top positions.

The trade unions Bemawu and the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) in a joint letter of demand on Friday to the SABC's top bosses, warned the SABC management that most of the enforcers who supported the controversial and famously matricless executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng who instituted illegal SABC news censorship and the subsequent dismissal of the SABC journalists opposed to it - are still employed at the broadcaster.

SABC staffers say for these alleged enablers who are still employed "at lucrative salaries at the SABC" it is "business as usual, and they have escaped justice".

SABC staffers say they've been subjected to "threats and fear, unilateral restructurings, change of work practices and shift roster, appointments without advertising positions and a zero-percentage increase".

"In the meantime, the SABC is slipping deeper into insolvency, to the extent that it endangers the employment, well-being, and health of our members.

SABC staffers are warning that "it is our view the SABC is still captured by politicians – more than ever – and we cannot sit back to allow this to happen".

The trade unions in their letter say they demand "the immediate appointment of the SABC board already selected and recommended by parliament, and the immediate suspension of all the enforcers of the Protest Policy which resulted in the dismissal of the SABC8, to wit, Kenneth Makatees, Nothando Maseko, Nyana Molete and Sebolelo Ditlhakanyane."

The trade unions in the joint letter says it the immediate suspension of "all the unprocedurally appointed managers and/or people who supported the system to either enforce the Protest Policy, contributed to the poor financial position of the SABC," and those who "neglect to act when policies and procedures were not followed, and did not report irregularities when they became aware of same".

According to Bemawu and the CWU in their letter this includes Tshifhiwa Mulaudzi, the SABC's executive for sales & marketing; Abdul Matthee who Bemawu and the CWU claim is responsible for millions of rand in losses due to the failures of the Landmark system, as well as Keobokile Mosweu, Sizwe Vilikazi, Bessie Tugwana, Tseliso Ralitabo, Ayanda Mkhize and Theresa Geldenhuys.

Staffers demand the immediate suspension of "the status quo in respect of structural changes, work patterns and hours of employees, in particular in News, until a new board is in office, and employees be properly consulted."

They also want "the full and unconditional restoration of the merger between Henley Studios and News, with no change in reporting lines and work practices, without full and proper consultation with employees, and only after a new Board has been appointed."

Other demands include "a salary increase of 10% across the board, backdated to April 2017" and "the appointment of all workers previously on fixed term contracts at News, whose contracts has not been renewed as fixed term, but as freelance contracts, or not at all.

SABC staffers are also calling for "the removal of Kenneth Makatees as acting head of news, to be replaced by a non-enforcer nominated from the competent news staff in Johannesburg," and the "redeployment of Themba Mathonsi to a different department".

Bemawu and the CWU say SABC staffers are "tired of his Gestapo style of management".

SABC staffers are further demanding a "full investigation regarding the protest policy and the report should be made public; an investigation at SABC Sport in respect of the non-renewal of contracts; the redeployment of admin people in operational roles under the disguise to develop them; and the appointment of freelancers to act in permanent positions".

SABC staff also want an investigation into the appointment of Bessie Tugwana as the acting SABC COO "in particular as she has reached retirement age, and allegations of her employing friends".

Staffers also want "the renewal of the contract of Keobokile Mosweu, an alleged enforcer of Motsoeneng to be investigated and reversed".

Bemawu and the CWU told the SABC's acting CEO Nomsa Philiso that it's giving SABC management 7 days to meet these demands.

"Should these demands not be met in 7 days, excluding the unilateral change to the shift roster of News Staff, from date of this letter, labour will file a dispute and ballot its members to seek a mandate for a protected strike".

DAILY TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 13 October 2017.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:

■ Mexican soap actor slaps TV reporter through the face in a red carpet interview.
Aggressive telenovela star Eduardo Yanez suddenly turns physically violent and assaults Paco Fuentes.

■ Kate Beckinsale says sexual predator and rapist Harvey Weinstein couldn't remember if he had sexually assaulted her or not".

■ Dawson's Creek star James van der Beek has had his "ass grabbed by powerful, older men".
"I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger".

■ More groping allegations emerge against Ben Affleck.

■ "Horrific" Jason Momoa joked that he gets to rape beautiful women in Game of Thrones.

■ "You will love my dick," Roy Price, Amazon's programming boss said to TV producer.
Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon Prime Video's Man in the High Castle is making her claim of sexual harassment public. Amazon is utterly silent on what it did regarding Roy Price and the sex harassment claim that she reported to Amazon.

■ Rose McGowanHarvey Weinstein raped me. Again Amazon is silent.
Accuses Jeff Bezos and Amazon of a massive cover-up who cancelled her TV series.
Amazon suspends Roy Price who is abruptly put on "leave of absence".

■ Has anyone in Hollywood fallen faster than Harvey Weinstein?
Star doing red carpet premieres suddenly asked hard questions about sexual harassment instead of the usual softball questions.

■ Harvey Weinstein checks into a luxury 5-star resort after jetting out of LA in a private jet.
He lied about doing rehab in Europe and wants to go somewhere where he can use his cell phone like the Arizona resort with a spa and golf course.
New TIME does "producer, predator, pariah" Harvey Weinstein cover.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) near the brink as talent agencies abruptly cut off their talent supply.

■ Remember when Nikki Finke reported Harvey Weinstein's harassment of a man on his deathbed? Referenced his "disgusting behaviour".
Remember when Nikki Finke told of how Harvey Weinstein ordered her into a "windowless room" and screamed at her for 90 minutes?

■ Peaky Blinders seen on BBC First (DStv 119) is dumping The Weinstein Company (TWC) from the credits.

■ Valor, Seal Team, Shooter: The tropes and "triggers" of the new bunch of American military TV dramas.
- And Riverdale is subverting every "mean girl" TV trope with the Cheryl Blossom character.

■ Australian free-to-air viewers lose The Simpsons and Modern Family.
The struggling Ten is done and out of a deal with 21th Century Fox studios.

■ The SABC is now looking for tenders to bid to become the SABC's service provider for the digital file delivery of content.

■ How those fake TV shows seen inside shows are made.
From This is Us and Insecure - the how, and why, and what of these meta-shows inside series.

■ SABC staff morale is at an all-time low.
Move the slider and listen from minute 13:28 to 17:30.
Bemawu president Hannes du Buisson tells 702: "SABC staff are really, really, very, very low on morale at this point in time" and that SABC staffers "are fed up".

■ Netflix responds to conspiracy theories over its $500 million investment in Canada.
Meanwhile Netflix's content investment is increasingly international in nature - the international growth is it's secret weapon.

■ After Star Trek: Discovery said there won't be any canon changes it's filled with canon changes; producer says canon changes will be explained.
As criticism over Star Trek: Discovery grow; producers plead with viewers to be patient.
Star Trek: Discovery suffers from inconsistent storytelling.
"Mess": Star Trek: Discovery fails to make its case.
Star Trek: Discovery takes too long to get where it's going.
Filming wrapped on first season on Wednesday; second season of Star Trek: Discovery looks likely.

■ The battle to keep arts on mainstream BBC television is shocking, says presenter.
Arts programmes on BBC condemned to a "vicious, Orwellian circle" of little watched platforms.

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Here's some excerpts:
"Does the principled entertainment journalist ignore these things and just get on with the job at hand?"

"It is these same reporters who could (and should) be breaking these types of stories. The journalists who are rubbing shoulders with the major players, the ones for whom Hollywood scandals are their bread and butter, should be at the forefront of this stuff. And yet they aren’t."

"The implied arrangement is that if you turn up to the Oscars as a guest of Miramax, or you get paid to host a junket at Cannes, or you get an exclusive sit-down interview with the star of a Weinstein vehicle, then you go easy. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you."

"Yet too many newspapers, magazines and journalists are unwilling (or unable) to forfeit the access. They can’t turn down the interviews, the parties, or the chance to get their upcoming book optioned by someone like Weinstein."

"If you’re a reporter attending Hollywood parties, if you’re spending your summer in Cannes, if you’re overseeing front page splashes and conducting double page interviews on movie stars and yet you have somehow managed to have never heard a single Weinstein rumour, pray tell: what the f- have you been doing?"

The M-Net Movies Bucket List channel on DStv will show 100 must-see iconic films - here films 100 to 11 and their broadcasting dates.

Of course the old lady threw it into the ocean in the end, so of course Titanic is one of the 100 films that is included in M-Net Movies' new pop-up channel, M-Net Movies Bucket List (DStv 109), that will run on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform from 30 October until 2 December.

The M-Net Movies Bucket List channel will start on 18:00 on Thursday 30 October, with a new film daily at 18:00 and on weekends just before or after 16:00 depending on the duration and age-restriction of the films.

ALSO READ: More pop-up channels from M-Net like the Bucket List film channel.

M-Net says the 100 films were chosen and compiled by an expert team of film fanatics but didn't provide names. M-Net will be keeping the Top 10 films a secret and these 10 movies will only be revealed on the day of broadcast.

M-Net says for a film to be included it "had to be entrenched in popular culture, define an era, shift mediums, uproot the status quo, delight a variety of audiences, impress critics worldwide and be able to reignite your love for movies".

"With the M-Net Movies Bucket List we're taking the pop-up concept to the next level," says Jan du Plessis, director of M-Net channels.

"Never before have viewers been able to see so many magnificent, game-changing movies in one place over such a short time."

Jan du Plessis says "we all have our bucket lists based on our own taste and we believe it will be great fun for movie fans to compare notes and see whether their favourites have made it onto the pop-up channel".

Besides the 100 films, M-Net Movies Bucket List will broadcast "Bonus Features" films that will exist out of additional "classics" that can't be ignored "but will appeal to niche audiences" says M-Net.

These classics will include films like Mary Poppins, Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Here's the M-Net Movies Bucket List films from 100 to 11 and the "bonus specials" in-between, as well as the dates to tune on for them:

100 My Best Friend's Wedding 30 Oct
99 Men in Black 30 Oct
98 Shakespeare in Love 30 Oct
97 Speed 31 Oct
96 300 31 Oct
95 Scream 31 Oct
94 The Bourne Identity 1 Nov
93 Boyz n the Hood 1 Nov
92 Risky Business 1 Nov
91 Grease 2 Nov

90 Wargames 2 Nov
89 Gremlins 2 Nov
Citizen Cane 3 Nov (bonus)
88 Blair Witch Project 3 Nov
87 Flashdance 3 Nov
86 Saw 3 Nov
The Magnificent Seven (bonus) 3 Nov
Casablanca 4 Nov
85 Twilight 4 Nov
84 Black Hawn Down 4 Nov
83 Traffic 4 Nov
82 Birdcage 4 Nov
The Blues Brothers (bonus) 4 Nov
Some Like it Hot (bonus) 5 Nov
81 Pretty in Pink 5 Nov

80 Meet Joe Black 5 Nov
79 Straight Outta Compton 5 Nov
78 Footloose 5 Nov
The Big Blue (bonus) 5 Nov
77 Beetlejuice 6 Nov
76 Lawrence of Arabia 6 Nov
75 First Blood 6 Nov
74 Notting Hill 7 Nov
73 Juno 7 Nov
72 The Big Lebowski 7 Nov
71 Snatch 8 Nov

70 Full Metal Jacket 8 Nov
69 The Revenant 8 Nov
68 Chariots of Fire 9 Nov
67 Bridesmaids 9 Nov
66 Ghostbusters 9 Nov
Sense and Sensibility (bonus) 10 Nov
65 Groundhog Day 10 Nov
64 Back to the Future 10 Nov
63 Nightmare on Elm Street 10 Nov
Bringing Up Baby (bonus) 10 Nov
Little Women (bonus) 11 Nov
62 A Few Good Men 11 Nov
61 Dirty Harry 11 Nov

60 The Matrix 11 Nov
59 Annie Hall 11 Nov
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 12 Nov
58 Pretty Woman 12 Nov
57 Jerry Maguire 12 Nov
56 Lethal Weapon 12 Nov
55 Hurt Locker 12 Nov
54 Sleepless in Seattle 13 Nov
53 The Fifth Element 13 Nov
52 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 13 Nov
51 Stand By Me 14 Nov

50 Bonnie & Clyde 14 Nov
49 Top Gun 14 Nov
48 Good Morning Vietnam 15 Nov
47 When Harry Met Sally 15 Nov
46 Casino 15 Nov
45 A Fish Called Wanda 15 Nov
44 Inglorious Bastards 16 Nov
43 Four Weddings and a Funeral 16 Nov
Love Story (bonus) 17 Nov
42 Misery 17 Nov
41 Spectre 17 Nov

40 Unforgiven 17 Nov
39 Avatar 17 Nov
A Fistful of Dollars (bonus) 17 Nov
The Pink Panther (bonus) 18 Nov
38 Rain Man 18 Nov
37 Scarface 18 Nov
36 Mamma Mia 18 Nov
35 Little Miss Sunshine 18 Nov
Flying Down to Rio (bonus) 18 Nov
The Great Escape (bonus) 19 Nov
34 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 19 Nov
33 The Breakfast Club 19 Nov
32 Fargo 19 Nov
31 The Professional 19 Nov

30 Inception 20 Nov
29 Ranging Bull 20 Nov
28 The Godfather 20 Nov
27 Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman) 21 Nov
26 Saving Private Ryan 21 Nov
25 Jaws 21 Nov
24 The Princess Bride 22 Nov
23 Thelma and Louise 22 Nov
22 Blade Runner 22 Nov
21 Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings 23 Nov

20 The Deer Hunter 23 Nov
19 Platoon 23 Nov
Kramer vs Kramer (bonus) 24 Nov
18 The Notebook 24 Nov
17 Rocky 24 Nov
16 Goodfellas 24 Nov
15 Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 24 Nov
Easy Rider (bonus) 24 Nov
Breakfast at Tiffany's (bonus) 25 Nov
14 Alien 25 Nov
13 Aliens 25 Nov
12 Seven 25 Nov
11 Jurassic Park 25 Nov
Dr. Strangelove (bonus) 25 Nov
Mary Poppins (bonus) 26 Nov

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Roswell reboot developed with an 'alien immigrant' twist: Daughter of undocumented immigrants fall in love with police officer who's an alien.

Fifteen years after the science fiction drama series Roswell ended, the youth-centric is the latest being resurrected with a reboot.

Roswell, based on the series of book Roswell High, had Jason Behr, Shiri Appleby and Katherine Heigl as part of the ensemble cast and all 3 seasons were broadcast in South Africa.

The new Roswell is produced by Amblin Television, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV and will again revolve around of young people living in the town of Roswell in America close to the Mexico border.

Kevin Kelly Brown who was an executive producer on the original series will again be executive producer on the Roswell reboot. Carina Adly MacKenzie will write and also be an executive producer.

The new Roswell will have an "alien immigration" twist says the producers in an official description: "After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life."

"She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance."

Communications minister Ayanda Dlodlo again extends the acting terms of the SABC's acting CEO, COO and CFO, this time until permanent appointments are made.

South Africa's minister of communications, Ayanda Dlodlo on Thursday afternoon announced that she has extended the acting appointments of the beleaguered South African public broadcaster top executives yet again for another few months, the announcement coming just hours before their terms were to lapse at midnight tonight.

The struggling SABC facing a possible strike, deep in the red and having posted yet another and growing R977 million annual loss, is adrift without any permanent or interim board since South African president Jacob Zuma refuses to appoint and rubber-stamp the names that was sent to the presidency from parliament after an public interview and appointment process.

Ayanda Dlodlo announced that Nomsa Philiso (acting SABC CEO), Bessie Tugwana (acting SABC COO) and Thabile Dlamini (acting SABC CFO) will all continue in their acting roles with their acting appointment terms extended until the vacancies for these positions are filled on a permanent basis.

All of the SABC's top executive positions remain acting positions who can't take or make incisive and sweeping decisions, and with no board to direct or do corporate governance and proper oversight, the financially fragile SABC remains adrift in a stormy broadcasting sea, battered from all sides.

Nomsa Philiso, Bessie Tugwana and Thabile Dlamini were appointed in their respective acting positions in July and were supposed to serve until mid-October when permanent appointments were  to have beeto have been made, along with a new permanent SABC board.

Yet Ayanda Dlodo as new communications minister and president Jacob Zuma have failed the South African public and SABC viewers and listeners who are expected to pay an annual SABC TV licence fee, by not ensuring stability at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and making sure that proper appointment deadlines are being met.

Ayanda Dlodlo in a statement on Thursday said she extended the acting CEO, acting COO and acting CFO appointments citing the now often-used, fall-back paragraph from the Memorandum of Incorporation of the SABC, that her predecessor, the incompetent Faith Muthambi, used several times over the past two years.

Ayanda Dlodlo said the Memorandum of Incorporation of the SABC allows her to appoint "any person to act in the stead of the CEO, CFO and the COO shall only be appointed for a period of three months, subject to any extended period being approved by the minister".

In the statement Ayanda Dlodlo said "I hope this will enhance stability, ensure continuity and facilitate a seamless transition and a proper handover process for the incoming board."

What will actually enhance stability would be for Ayanda Dlodlo to have made sure there are a permanent CEO, COO and CFO in place at the SABC by now - as well as for president Jacob Zuma and Ayanda Dlodlo to have made sure that a permanent SABC board is in place before the term of the interim SABC board expired.

'We will be alright,' sings slain Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela in his final e.tv soap appearance; character to die in off-air hijacking, followed by in-show memorial service.

Last night South Africans viewers saw the last appearance of the Rhythm City character, S'fiso Ngema, who will tragically die in exactly the same real-life hijacking attempt that befell the actor Dumi Masilela in the e.tv weekday soap.

"We will be alright," sang Dumi Masilela behind the mic in the closing scene of Wednesday's episode after which the credits rolled - the last that viewers will see of S'fiso.

Over the next few days Rhythm City characters will suddenly get the awful news that S'fiso was gunned down in a horrific hijacking attempt and is dead.

This will be followed by a special episode next week Wednesday, 18 October that incorporates an on-screen memorial episode, with the actor's mom Sabatha Magdeline and his brother Thabani Masilela who will make special appearances.

Wednesday's episode follows two months after the shock death of Dumi Masilela in an attempted hijacking on 2 August in Tembisa that brought production on the Quizzical Pictures produced soap to a standstil as cast and crew underwent psychological counselling.

To tell S'fiso's exit story, the producers got the family's permission to "re-enact" the abrupt and shocking way that Dumi Masilela died in real-life, with the exit of Sifiso Ngema mirroring what happened to the actor to help focus attention on the scourge of violent crime in South Africa.

Rhythm City said in September that the character of S'fiso Ngema will leave the e.tv soap in the way that Dumi Masilela was murdered, although an actual recreation of the hijacking won't be shown in the soap.

"After extensive consultation with the Masilela family, the producers of Rhythm City have decided to incorporate Dumi Masilela's tragic death into the exit storyline of his character, S'fiso, to highlight the scourge of violence that is sadly so prevalent in South Africa," said the soap that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

"The show's producers decided to use Sifiso's exit story as a way to pay tribute to Dumi's work as an actor and to highlight the tragedy of unnecessary violence that plagues our cities," says Rhythm City  producer Yula Quinn.

NO GIFT. Fake FOX promise sees Africa left behind with Marvel's new drama series, The Gifted, that was announced as an Express from the US title - but isn't.

A fake FOX promise has seen South Africa and Africa being left behind by FOX Africa with a new Marvel TV drama series, The Gifted, that was announced and is supposed to be an Express from the US title, but isn't for Africa.

The Gifted is a brand-new drama series from Marvel on FOX in America and is supposed to be an Express from the US title on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) in Africa, but unfortunately Africa's pay-TV viewers are being left behind after a hollow promise from FOX international.

The Gifted that got positive reviews from TV critics and that started on 2 October in America, takes place in an alternate timeline where the X-Men have disappeared.

The show, produced by 20th Century FOX Television in association with Marvel Television, has a first season of 10 episodes. 

At the beginning of the year at its upfront, FOX Networks Group Africa told TV critics and journalists covering television that The Gifted 's first season of 10 episodes will be on FOX in Africa and will be an Express from the US title. Members of the press were also shown a teaser trailer.

Marvel's other new TV show, Inhumans, produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Studios, has started on M-Net (DStv 101) as promised, and is also an Express from the US show for its season of 8 episodes.

The Gifted revolves around ordinary parents, played by Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker, who go on the run with their kids after they discover their children's mutant abilities.

At the beginning of October, FOX Networks Group announced that The Gifted will be getting a global roll-out in 183 countries across its FOX branded channels on virtually the same or next day date as episodes are broadcast in America.

It didn't say that South Africa and Africa would be excluded but that is what's happening.

FOX Networks Group said the global roll-out demonstrates its confidence in The Gifted but South African and African viewers are left wondering what the fuzz is all about.

The simultaneous global launch of shows are also supposed to helps combat the piracy of high-profile TV shows like The Gifted if they premiere in the United States months before they're screened elsewhere in the world.

"The global scale and reach of the Fox brand gives us a unique capacity to make event series such as The Gifted available to viewers everywhere day and date," said Peter Rice, 21st Century Fox president in a statement.

That unique capacity is however failing FOX as far as Africa is concerned where African viewers are not part of "viewers everywhere".

"This fantastic series, which expands on our longstanding collaboration with Marvel, Matt Nix, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner and the X-Men universe, will resonate widely, and we couldn't be more excited for its worldwide launch," said Peter Rice.

Of course there's no excitement for FOX Africa viewers since Africa pay-TV viewers across the continent are excluded from the promised worldwide launch. But why?

There's been no official comment from FOX Africa in response to a media enquiry as to why The Gifted isn't being shown as an Express from the US title and currently there's no date for The Gifted to start on FOX.

Hauntingly gripping Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath returns to Crime+Investigation for a 2nd season.

The hauntingly gripping and well-produced Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath returns for a second season to the Crime+Investigation (DStv 170) channel on Wednesday 18 October at 20:00 and this season episodes in South Africa are being shown much closer to the American broadcasting date.

The second season started in August in America and has 10 episodes and 4 special episodes.

The first season also had 2 special episodes but Crime+Investigation didn't show those to DStv subscribers in South Africa and Africa.

It's not known if Crime+Investigation will be showing the 4 new special episodes on DStv for the second season.

The 10 hourlong episodes will further explore harrowing and extremely emotional first-hand accounts of former Scientology members whose lives have been destroyed by the secretive organisation.

Leah Remini as well as other former high-ranking Scientology insiders continue to delve into stories of abuse and heartbreak, with the second season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath that looks at growing up in Scientology's paramilitary organisation, The Sea Org, and the Oscar-winner filmmaker Paul Haggis' sharing his own harrowing personal journey of how he first recruited people for Scientology and how and why he left.

The second season has episodes looking at how children were treated and sexually abused inside Scientology as people who are now adults share their stories, the ever-elusive "Operating Thetan (OT) levels", and the rise of mysterious leader David Miscavige.

The well-produced docu-series won an Emmy in September for the first season.

DAILY TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 12 October 2017.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:

■ Why Hollywood was complicit in Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse.

■ NBC News tries to do damage control with NBC News president Noah Oppenheim
in a statement saying Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein story "didn't have all the elements that we needed to air". It comes after Ronan Farrow revealed that NBC passed on the must-read story about rapist Harvey Weinstein.
NBC News staffers aren't buying it as people inside NBC News are embarrassed.

■ Cara Delevingne is the latest actress to come forward to share her "terrifying" experience with Harvey Weinstein.
Actress Léa Seydoux on how a fat Harvey Weinstein jumped on her and tried to kiss her.

■ Harvey Weinstein's firing is already costing The Weinstein Company millions.
Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) suspends Harvey Weinstein's membership.

■ 30 Rock twice joked about Harvey Weinstein as an aggressive serial sexual abuser.

■ Seth MacFarlane explains his Harvey Weinstein joke at the Oscars a few years ago.
Says in an emotional post that he did it from "a place of loathing and anger" at what he knew Harvey Weinstein did to friends.

■ Ben Affleck apologises for groping Hilarie Burton in 2003 at MTV's TRL.
Says "I acted inappropriately".

■ Actor Terry Crews reveals a Hollywood executive sexual predator grabbed his sexual organs
at a Hollywood function in 2016 in front of his wife. Says "hopefully me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless".

■ MultiChoice marks 20 years of operation in Tanzania.
DStv Tanzania turns 20 and operations manager Baraka Shelukindo says its business hasn't been affected by other new service providers after the switch to digital terrestrial television (DTT).

■ Nigeria's National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) says it Nigerians are "eagerly waiting" for TStv to start.
Nigerian customers still clueless as to where they can actually buy TStv decoders and NATCOMS wants Nigeria to "look at those exclusive rights being enjoyed by DStv" that MultiChoice already secured for DStv subscribers.

■ MultiChoice Zimbabwe now says it had never accepted payment directly for DStv Zimbabwe subscriptions.
"We are constrained by the current forex situation," says DStv Zimbabwe; unable to give a clear answer as to what it's doing to help DStv Zimbabwe subscribers to stay connected.

■ Someone has started a petition about how eNCA (DStv 403) has been covering Idols on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).
"The publication chose to promote one contestant," says the petition - but there isn't any indication of who it's talking about.

■ Victor Garber is leaving Legends of Tomorrow during the 3rd season.
The Martin Stein character will be leaving soon. Warner Bros. Television has no comment.

■ MultiChoice Zambia is adding 2 new local channels to DStv in the country from 11 October: Prime TV and CamnetTV.
Prime TV is a general entertainment TV channel and Camnet TV is a contemporary Christian TV channel.

Three Bold and the Beautiful stars to visit South Africa after viewership of the American soap has nosedived the past few months.

Three cast members of the American daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful will be visiting South Africa, with their visit coming as viewership of the soap has nosedived on the SABC's SABC3 channel the past few months.

The South African public broadcaster over the past year had nothing good to say about the American programming on its schedule, getting rid of sister American soap Days of Our Lives that jumped to e.tv, and constantly making disparaging remarks about foreign content and "American soaps".

The past few years in South Africa's parliament and in press conferences, the SABC also only spoke bad about The Bold and the Beautiful, with the highest ranking SABC executives and board members calling The Bold and the Beautiful "outdated" and saying the SABC can't get rid of it since the broadcaster is locked into a "forever contract".

Viewership of The Bold and the Beautiful in South Africa fell off a cliff the past few months with massive plunges in ratings, luring 495 287 viewers in September for its most-watched episode, 

It will be interesting to see to what degree the SABC and SABC3 heaps lavish and awkward praise on The Bold and the Beautiful when the soap's stars and publicists are in South Africa between 21 and 26 October as part of a global tour of the Bell-Phillip Television Production Inc. produced soap.

The Bold and the Beautiful soap stars visiting South Africa are Heather Tom (Katie Logan), Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) and Karla Mosley (Maya Avant Forrester) as part of the soap's global publicity tour to celebrate the 30-year anniversary.

The soap stars will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town. The visit also includes appearances at the Mall of Africa and Maponya Mall in Johannesburg and Table Mountain in Cape Town. The itinerary also includes a private event and a meet-and-greet with contest winners.

As part of the celebrations in South Africa, SABC3 will re-introduce the Saturday omnibus rebroadcast of  The Bold & The Beautiful from 14 October between 09:00 and 12:00.

"It gives us great pleasure to set the SABC3 stage for The Bold and the Beautiful cast in South Africa," says Aisha Mohamed, SABC3 channel head.

"We are happy to bring our content closer to our viewers, and in this case the fans of The Bold and the Beautiful who will get a chance to experience the cast while they are here. We welcome The Bold and the Beautiful cast and crew to South Africa and we look forward to the interaction with our viewers."

Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer of The Bold and the Beautiful says "I'm so thankful that after 30 years, our South African viewers and our broadcaster, SABC3, remain an integral part of our extended television family."

"To celebrate this occasion, we're sending Karla, Heather and Jacob in person to convey our warm greetings and gratitude to our fans."

Minnie Dlamini on showing her Becoming Mrs. Jones wedding special: I'm nervous but I can't wait to share it'; says 'I did not get R6 million for the show'.

Minnie Dlamini who is finally ready to showcase her self-produced TV wedding special to DStv viewers in South Africa and across Africa from this Friday, tells TVwithThinus that "even thinking about it makes me nervous but I can't wait to share it".

The TV star also laughs about hilariously inaccurate tabloid reports in June this year that she "sold her wedding to MultiChoice for R6 million".

It's actually a 3-episode wedding TV special that was acquired by M-Net for its VUZU AMP entertainment channel that is carried on DStv.

"I did not get R6 million for the show. I wish I did, but I did not," says Minnie Dlamini.

At the beginning of the year the veteran TV presenter jumped from the SABC to SuperSport, and is now co-presenting the show Homeground that is being simulcast on SuperSport and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

Minnie Dlamini's wedding TV special, Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones, will unspool as a 3-part special on VUZU AMP (DStv 103) starting on Friday 13 October at 19:30.

The first episode of Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones will take viewers through the process behind planning her wedding and the preparations for the traditional and western ceremonies. 

The second episode of the 3-part special produced by her Beautiful Day Productions with Minnie Dlamini in the role as executive producer for the first time, follows her to Paris for her lavish bachelorette party with her bridesmaids.

This episode will also include her dazzling traditional wedding and a deeper look into how her Zulu culture celebrates marriage.

The third and final episode will showcase the elegant western wedding set in the opulent backdrop of Somerset West in the Western Cape and is the episode Minnie calls "closest to her heart" as viewers will see her get married to Quinton Jones in a white wedding dress covered in Swarovski crystals, designed by Gert Johan Coetzee.

Tabloids had a field day about your wedding rights being "sold for R6 million to MultiChoice. But this is a "wedding story" filmed by VUZU AMP to air as a miniseries. How did the idea come about?
Minnie: Firstly, I did not get R6 million for the show. I wish I did, but I did not.
This is more of a 3-part documentary series. I came up with the idea after the media frenzy after the announcement of my engagement. I thought it was the perfect idea to flex my producing skills but also control the narrative of my own story.

What will viewers see and what will you not show? And how did you decide what level of what happens at your wedding and the pre-planning you will show?
Minnie: I have shared with my followers as much as I could possibly share with this TV project, giving them a true insight into my life on one of the most important journeys in my life.

Showing your wedding, like what we've seen with Kim Kardashian - it invites people into your personal life. How do you then strike the balance when you get interest in your personal life but don't want the public to know about certain things?
Minnie: As a media personality you are constantly taking risks and which is the best risk to take.
You reveal what you're comfortable revealing and protect what is important.
What is important to me is that I am married to someone who has no desire to be in public eye. Throughout all my narratives I need to protect and respect his views. It's no longer just about me anymore. 
There isn't a right or wrong - stay true to yourself what you're comfortable doing. You cannot control people's opinions about you. Instead of showing 10 different narratives, I put together my own story, my way. 
There is a significant difference between the two, The Kardashians is a reality show whereby this is a 3-part documentary - what the public will see is my journey from start to finish.

How did having cameras around change the experience? You're used to having cameramen around but did you prep family members and wedding guests on what to do or how to behave?
Minnie: Just like in every wedding there are always photographers and videographers. We made sure our camera men blended in. 
It was very important for my guests not to feel like they were on a film set, but instead to show the real emotions.

Viewers have grown up watching Top Billing weddings and now Our Perfect Wedding on Mzansi Magic and have become used to a certain level of production value. How will what viewers see maybe be different or the same in terms of expectations of wedding television?
Minnie: My format is different from the other 2 productions.
In terms of the level of production it has really never been seen on South African television. 
I can truly say it's world class. I worked with a team of incredible talented creatives whose brief was to go completely out of their comfort zone to create a completely new viewing experience.

What does filming your wedding for a TV special allow you to do, or for it to be that you wouldn't otherwise have been able to have?
Minnie: It allowed the happiest moment to live forever, not only in my memory but in the hearts of South Africans.

How will you describe why people should tune in and watch?
Minnie: A lot of people think they know me – what makes me happy; what makes me tick. 
This is a piece of work that shows me. This also shows me thought the people that I love. It is deeply personal and deeply transparent. Even thinking about it makes me nervous, but I can't wait to share it.

■ Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs. Jones, starts on Friday 13 October at 19:30 on VUZU AMP (DStv 103).