BET in South Africa is getting into the local showbiz, gossip and entertainment TV news game and will launch a new local weekday entertainment magazine show BET Buzz on 1 September with Tamarsha Khanyile and Altovise Lawrence who will alternate as presenters.
BET Buzz on Viacom International Media Networks International Africa's BET (DStv 129) will start on 1 September at 19:00 and on BET 2 (DStv 135) at 19:50 on weekdays with a mix of local South African, African, as well as international gossip and entertainment news snippets and interviews.
BET Buzz will be competition for VUZU AMP's (DStv 114) V Entertainment, E! Entertainment's (DStv 124) E! News and e.tv's Eksê Zwakala.
The suddenly red-hot gossip show genre is heating up as even Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) is reviving the twice cancelled All Access Mzansi for a third time, starting on Friday 25 September at 18:30.
Tamarsha Khanyile, a singer and radio DJ, previously presented for SABC1's similar Selimathunzi. The inexperienced and largely unknown Altovise Lawrence was the winner of BET's little publicised local reality show Top Actor earlier this year.
A BET Buzz omnibus will be broadcast on Saturdays at 19:40 on BET and 20:40 on BET 2.