I didn't want to spoil the exclusive interview M-Net gave to Lara de Matos in Tonight today, which is actually an announcement that 5FM jock Gareth Cliff is getting his own talk show on the pay channel - hence my blind item (below) of yesterday:
''Cliffnote: Which channel is set to announce tomorrow (Thursday), in which local newspaper in the morning (although it's tonight), a new show fronted by a local radio personality who will now be doing double duty soon? Going hopefully more successfully where Paul Viv and Kgomotso Matsunyane and Phat Joe have gone before.''
Of course now I can spill the beans of what I've known for MONTHS already, that The Gareth Cliff Show will start on M-Net on Wednesday, 23 September at 20:00 - a difficult TV genre I don't South Africa has really cracked yet. Why does Gareth think he'll be successful? As he says to Tonight, referencing the same late night talk folk i included in my item:
''"Yes, there have been a lot of these local talk-type programmes, but they just haven't worked - A, because we don't see them through and B, because people don't really know who Paul Viv or Kgomotso Matsunyane are, before they suddenly appear on television.''
M-Net should be sending out an official press release sometime during the afternoon.