Monday, February 20, 2012

TOLDJA! SABC2's Hectic Nine-9 becomes an hour from tomorrow as SABC2 dumps all the qBase28 presenters.

Earlier in the month RIGHT HERE I said big changes are coming to SABC2's youth slow Hectic Nine-9 before this month is over and that the show is turning into an hour slot before the end of the month - SABC2 just confirmed that Hectic Nine-9 will become an hour show from tomorrow and the channel is dumping all of the qBase28 presenters who's last day on SABC2 was today.

Hectic Nine-9 will start at 16:00 from tomorrow, Tuesday 21 February and run until 17:00 while Raphael GriffithsTshego Malepe, Tshiamo Thebe and Arye Kellman who've been qBase28 presenters have been dumped.  ''It is unfortunate that this [the longer Hectic Nine-9 timeslot] coincides with the phasing out of the qBase28 continuity presenters,'' says SABC2's publicity manager Zandile Nkonyeni.

Hectic Nine-9 has been on the air on SABC2 for almost five years and is being produced by Okuhle Media. ''We are looking forward to seeing what the audience response is to the one hour show,'' says Mpumi Ngidi, SABC commissioning editor.

''While Hectic Nine-9 has always included a wide variety of topics in its content line-up, the additional time will enable us to really get to grips with the topic being covered as opposed to merely providing a perfunctory overview,'' said Wilna van Schalkwyk, Hectic Nine-9's series producer. ''A selection of topics, including Maths and Science, Health, Life Skills and Entrepreneurship will now get the attention that they deserve.''

The existing 5 Hectic Nine-9 preseners in studio is adding two new female presenters and is still looking for a third new presenter to join the show through regional auditions across South Africa currently taking place.

The current Hectic Nine-9 presenters are Ayanda Makuzeni, Danilo Aquisto, Danine Naidoo, Laurian Kabongo and Loyiso Mdebuku.