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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BREAKING. e.tv gets rid of under-performing Club 808, dumps the weekly music show on eKasi+, adds Nonhle Thema as new co-presenter.


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After blatantly lying and saying there will be no fixed new co-presenter, e.tv is adding Nonhle Thema as the new co-presenter for the under performing Club 808 music show and e.tv also jettisons the show from e.tv to sister satellite TV channel eKasi+ on OpenView HD (OVHD).

In a press statement describing Club 808 as "South Africa's hottest music show" e.tv confirms what the biz knew - that Nonhle Thema is becoming the new co-presenter - but also what the TV biz didn't know: that Club 808 is getting shunted to eKasi+ from Friday 11 April.

"We believe that the two anchors will complement each other well in taking the show forward," says Nicholas Maphopha, Club 808 executive producer about Nonhle Thema joining co-presenter Mo Flava.

Nonhle Thema's addition to Club 808 comes after the abrupt departure of Thando Thabete at the end of March.

Club 808 now returns to a Friday night timeslot - although on a new channel - away from the Saturday evening death slot which was a ratings killer.

It might also help to revive Nonhle Thema's TV career which flamed out. A comeback in the reality show Reality Check on e.tv didn't work, and now Nonhle Thema is jumping at the opportunity to do a music programme again - right back where she started with M-Net's Channel O TV channel and her original claim to fame.

"I am very excited to go back to doing what I love most," says Nonhle Thema in a statement. "This is where it all started for me and I feel blessed to join Club 808. I look forward to creating an exciting work relationship with Mo Flava".

Nonhle Thema says she had been "waiting patiently" for an opportunity to get back on TV as a presenter.