Friday, September 18, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 18 September 2015

CNN's republican debate broadcast on CNN International (DStv 401) was a disaster.
Three hours long with very little control.

Its made the Daily News front page with "Clown News Network" over the lack of control, too much Donald Trump and bad CNN moderator Jake Tapper.

It did give CNN nearly 23 million viewers which could be a new record for that news channel's ratings in America.

Vox has its list of the best and worse TV shows of the upcoming new season
which we'll start to see soon on M-Net (DStv 101), FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) and Vuzu AMP (DStv 114).
The upcoming is not necessarily garbage but there's apparently very little new shows to be excited about.

SABC for the poor?
Faith Muthambi, minister of communication, applauds the SABC "for making sure that the poor will be able to enjoy the best of the Rugby World Cup". Oh, and she says "the SABC continues to punch above their weight".

Meanwhile Faith Muthambi has shown "breathtaking ignorance of her role and that of the SABC"
as experts say the bad minister of communications has set a very bad precedent by supporting the SABC's controversial and famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Downton Abbey's final season starts this Sunday.
Where did we leave them and will we get any answers? While the final season starts in the United Kingdom and for the rest of the world, South Africans are going to wait very long to see the final season of the ITV drama on BBC First.

The glory, oh the wonder, of he who is Hlaudi Motsoeneng - from SABC Education.
Does this almost read exactly like a praise song, a beautiful adoration to our dear leader of North Korea?
The day's must-read piece is from SABC Education that writes "numerous occasions and at any given moment, Hlaudi Motsoeneng has always been able to capture the crowd and leave a person wondering what it is about him that is so special. These two qualities have seen him rise through the ranks and have contributed immensely to his accomplishments.

You really have to read the whole thing. "Questions flooded from the communications professionals, they wanted to know almost everything about him, both professionally and personally. He held nothing back; he shared with them everything that they wanted to know."

MSNBC (StarSat 263) to look more like the NBC News Channel.
MSNBC changing from Monday to look much more like the NBC Night News news bulletin, with more hard news reporting, with anchors who will now be bring viewers the news - not give their take on it.

Zuku lowering its monthly subscription prices.
In East Africa while MultiChoice is hiking DStv subscription prices, and StarTimes is hiking subscription prices, Zuku is lowering its subscription prices.

Court case over Hlaudi Motsoeneng starting in Supreme Court of Appeals today.
Embattled and matricless SABC chief operating officer (COO) court case goes to the next level.