Monday, February 17, 2014

Children's terrifying horror drawings at the SABC turns out to be ... the SABC's marketing department in a hilarious new LNN skit on eNCA.

The South African public broadcaster has a happy place for the little ones to play and draw (although the terrifying drawings of crying children and monsters tell the real story) - until you discover that it's not the SABC daycare creche ... but the inside of the SABC's marketing department.

That the hilarious skit the satirical weekly news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on eNCA (DStv 403) came up with for its latest episode.

In it the LNN cameras venture inside the beleaguered South African Broadcasting Corporation for a satirical look at the various SABC departments.

There's the SABC's finance department where they're secretly burning documents, human resources where they're unable to read the CV's, and even SABC personnel ordering in a DStv decoder from MultiChoice (they watch DStv at the SABC for "research").

"Here at the SABC it's not about work, work, work, work. We have a space for the employees to bring their little ones. And they're not here, but as you can see, they are enjoying their time here," says the presenter when he enters the room with garish children drawings.

"Hey baba, this is the marketing department," says a person who suddenly shows up and created the rough crayon sketch of the SABC logo above. "Marketing department".

It's great that LNN which is seen on TV news channel in South Africa, is willing to confront a probably sensitive elephant in the room which is the public broadcaster, and is willing to do a satirical sketch about the SABC.

In 2013 LNN did an equally hilarious send-up of ANN7 (DStv 405), following the absolutely disastrous launch and mediocre on-air standards of the Infinity Media run "GuptaTV" and "GuptaNews" TV channel which is also on MultiChoice's DStv platform.

LNN shows that it will treat all news equally if it is news and a buzzworthy topic, and that everything and everyone is fair game when it comes to public ridicule.

Here's a very brief few second from the funny LNN visit to the SABC: