Pheww. Talk about cutting it close. I can exclusively break the news and reveal that M-Net (DStv 101) has secured the broadcasting rights to The Royal Variety Performance 2014 which this year includes performances ranging from One Direction to Bette Midler and also South Africa's Trevor Noah, extracts from Inala with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and operatic soprano Pumeza Matshikiza.
The deal comes after industry observers started stressing that M-Net will again lose and not show the annual British theatre showcase as it did in 2010 when M-Net disastrously dropped the ball.
While current M-Net December schedules won't indicate it, TV with Thinus is told M-Net has secured The Royal Variety Performance rights for this year with insiders telling me an announcement and a schedule update of when it will be broadcast on MultiChoice's DStv can be expected sometime tomorrow.
The Royal Variety Performance 2014, an annual TV highlight, is likely to be slotted very close to the end of December, probably New Year's Eve, 31 December.
Michael Mcintyre is the host of The Royal Variety Performance 2014 which this year includes appearances by South African comedian Trevor Noah, the South African operatic soprano Pumeza Matshikiza and Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing extracts from Inala.
Other performances include Shirley Bassey, Bette Midler, One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato singing the Frozen hit, "Let It Go".
The theatre spectacle was recorded in the London Palladium with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, attending this year.
Other performances include Collabro, the winners of the recent Britain's Got Talent, the cast of the musical Miss Saigon, Simply Red and stand-up comedy from Russell Kane, Jack Whitehall, Stephen Mulhern and Sarah Millican.