The 10th season of America’s Next Top Model which was supposed to start on SABC3 this past Saturday didn't – again the tapes didn't arrive in time.
Viewers tuning in to SABC3 at 15:00 on Saturday for the 10th season waited in vain for the Tyra Banks created, and executive produced competition reality show, which SABC3 decided to return to the channel.
Since 2010, SABC3's schedule has been impacted several times the past five years with shows which ran out of available tapes and episodes.
Several times, new seasons of existing shows as well as new shows haven't started as scheduled because of payment issues between the SABC and international distributors, and problems with tape delivery.
The 10th "cycle" of America’s Next Top Model is the latest show being impacted by non-delivery of cassettes in time to the Auckland Park headquarters of the SABC – the same issue which previously impacted and delayed episodes of Survivor: Gabon, Expedition: Impossible which jumped to M-Net, Days of Our Lives, The Cape and even The Oprah Winfrey Show on SABC3.
The public broadcaster now hopes that tapes of America’s Next Top Model will arrive at the SABC's programme acceptance department this week in time for the 10th cycle to start this Saturday at 15:00.
It's not clear whether SABC3 is bringing the show back for just one season after SABC3 lost the show to M-Net's Vuzu (DStv 116) a few years ago.
For the 10th season America’s Next Top Model, which was shown in America in 2008, moves back to New York from Los Angeles.