I chose the 9 biggest TV stories of the past year.
Click on READ MORE below to see what they are - and why they stood out.
It has the biggest soap operas on television in South Africa and keeps more than 20 million people entralled daily. But South African television's biggest soap opera in 2009 was undoubtedly the scandals, financial black hole, public infighting, mismanagement, corruption, resignations, debt shock and leadership crisis that shook the SABC this year. 2009 was the biggest annus horribilis for the South African Broadcasting Corporation since its inception with an unending barrage of bad news and scandals, intense scrutiny (the most bad press and publicity racked up ever for the institution in one year). The enormous and complete implosion at the SABC caused a massive wave of disruption in the TV industry, triggering a financial crisis in the local TV production sector that lead to a ''hunger strike'' by producers and even public mass demonstrations at the SABC's door (twice). Like any great soapie the SABC's woes as the biggest TV news story of the year in 2009 looks all but set to continue unabated in 2010.
Oprah Winfrey's announcement in November that she's done talking and will end The Oprah Winfrey Show after 25 years on 9 September, 2011, shook the global TV industry. She wants to start her own TV channel, OWN. (As if the queen of talk doesn't already own television.)
Entertainment news – in a flash. From All Access on M-Net to Flash! on SABC3, from Top Billing and Pasella, Glitterati, The Showbiz Report on e.tv, V Entertainment on Vuzu and many more, 2009 was the year that entertainment news magazine shows in South Africa as a TV genre finally found it's solid footing. Now that the genie is out of the bottle it will never go back. Get ready for more local red carpets, celeb scandals and tabloid glam coverage.
Then there was first Amor Vittone's heartwrenching TV interview on kykNET, followed a few months later by her husband Joost van der Westhuizen finally admitting in a emotional mea culpa on the same channel his infidelities. Mesmerising moments from which you simply can't look away.
Broadcasters realize that hit TV shows' value erode the longer it takes to show it, that in a growing multiverse of media, viewers are increasing going elsewhere and using other means to watch their shows (the internet, DVDs) if TV channels don't get around to showing it quick enough, first. And that's something - like Glee - you can sing a good song about.