Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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SABC1 is proceeding and going forward with the broadcast of HHP's new show Respect, despite a veteran South African TV producer, Paul Tilsley claiming that SABC1 stole the idea concept for the show from him, which he submitted to the broadcaster a while ago.
SABC1 confirmed to me that the broadcast of Respect is going ahead. SABC1 said that Respect will continue with further episodes after the show was delayed by one week. That happened because Paul Tilsley send a legal letter of demand to the SABC to halt the show and asked for compensation for the show, as well as compensation for the emotional distress (imagine seeing the idea you pitched to a broadcaster after a meeting, suddenly showing up on screen a while later!). I told you about that on Sunday RIGHT HERE.
I've spoken with a very disappointed Paul Tilsley who told me that legal action against the SABC was the last resort. ''In terms of legal action we're proceeding. We're still very disappointed that the SABC doesn't want to discuss this. The SABC should have come clean.''