Tuesday, August 11, 2015

SABC2 abruptly interrupts and ends today's Dr. Phil episode; suddenly switches to president Jacob Zuma speech.

Both have bald heads! Furious SABC2 were still watching the American talk show Dr. Phil today (Tuesday) when SABC2 suddenly, without prior warning, notification or any on-air apology or announcement, suddenly switched to South African president Jacob Zuma talking.

While SABC2 viewers were watching and expecting a new episode of Dr. Phil, SABC2 suddenly switched to the same live news feed as SABC News (DStv 404), the public broadcaster's 24-hour TV news channel on MultiChoice's DStv covering president Jacob Zuma's speech in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma decided to inform South Africa on what progress the government has made since his State of the Nation address in February.

SABC1 and SABC3 remained with its scheduled programming, while SABC2 suddenly switched without telling its viewers.

SABC2 gave no advance warning about schedule changes to the media for Tuesday or bothered to update the SABC2 schedule on the SABC's own website,or to tell MultiChoice to amend the DStv electronic programme guide (EPG) still showing Dr. Phil as supposed to be on.

Besides SABC News and SABC2, eNCA (DStv 403) and ANN7 (DStv 405) as South African TV news channels also carried president Jacob Zuma's speech live.

"I'm extremely frustrated to have president Jacob Zuma jabbing halfway through a Dr. Phil programme," furious SABC2 viewer Maureen told TV with Thinus.

Maureen says she will not "bother with SABC2 again" and that "there was no notice given".

"Now, I am interested in the economy - don't get me wrong, but not from president Jacob Zuma, thank you!"