Monday, July 31, 2017
Meet the first 5 teams of My Kitchen Rules South Africa: Water polo players, book club friends, Bloem besties and a Cradock mom and daughter team.
The first batch of contestants for the first season of My Kitchen Rules South Africa have been revealed and they include water polo players, besties from Bloem, book club friends and a mom and daughter team from Cradock.
The food reality competition show produced by Endemol Shine Africa will start on M-Net (DStv 101) from Sunday 13 August at 18:00 in which several teams of two each, will be battling it out in their kitchens to come up with the best meals.
The knives are out and the kitchens are about to heat up in the latest TV culinary showdown, with J'Something and David Higgs as the judges who will be critiquing every dish served up.
"This competition is about team work for me," says David Higgs, owner of Marble restaurant.
"When one team member is down, it's up to the other one to pick up the pieces and vice versa - that is essentially what a kitchen is all about. And obviously these contestants need to be able to put good plates of food together - consistently. It's going to be fun to watch."
Musician J'Something says he's looking for "South Africans who take home cooking and give it a big helping of finesse - people who are passionate about food and people that can simply put love on a plate".
My Kitchen Rules South Africa will have 18 episodes and there will be 5 teams of 2 people each in the first round of Instant Restaurants. Later there will be 5 more teams of 2 in the second round - exactly like the Australian version.
In the competition each team has a turn to host the judges and the other teams in their group at their own homes which they turn into "Instant Restaurants" - serving up a 3-course meal against the clock.
At the end of each Instant Restaurant evening, the other teams and the judges score each dish out of 10 and at the end of the 5 Instant Restaurants, the team with the lowest score goes home.
What this means is that once My Kitchen Rules SA has gone through all 10 (both groups of 5 pairs), 8 teams will progress to the next round of the competition which will take place in the “Kitchen Headquarters”.
Here couples will compete against each other in various challenges until there are only 2 teams left to battle it out in the finale of the series.
Here's the first 5 My Kitchen Rules SA teams:
"I am extremely competitive," says Bruce, a multiple world champion in martial arts. He says his mom had a large influence on his passion for cooking "and her Asian roots have also played a big part in our style as a team".
Claudia saw Bruce at a Kung Fu function and "fell instantly in love" with him. "Now we are married with two beautiful boys". She says she's "addicted to trying out new recipes all the time".
These two who have been friends for 10 years met at a book club that was organised by a mutual friend.
"Both Kelly and I are competitive," says Claire. "I learnt from an early age that first is everything, second is nothing!"
"She sometimes let out a swear word or two. But I am her mother and I can tell her not to do that!" says Eastern Cape mom Lani of her daughter Louzel who lives in Cape Town with her husband.
"I think the fact that I'm cooking with my mom is not only an advantage, but a massive privilege," says Louzel.
"We have the same basic understanding and respect for food and our different abilities compliment that. The fact that we're from a small farming community has also created opportunities for us to think outside of the box when it comes to cooking."
"Rein and I have known each other since high school, where we met playing water polo," says Rowan. "After a 7-year stint when Rein was galivanting around Holland, we met up again and been greatest of mates ever since."
"We're both very competitive since we've been playing competitive sport all our lives. We plan to take that straight into the kitchen and this competition."
Rein says during his 7 years in Holland "I had the privilege of experiencing some amazing chefs. I was exposed to a lot of great restaurants and food when I was there and it ignited my passion for food."
"Leanne and myself have known each other for just over two years now, but it was a friendship at first sight," says Liz.
"Finally I found someone who shares my fussiness about food, someone who thinks in food language, someone who plans her week around food ... I met my match!"
Liz says she's "a serious competitor" and very hard on herself. "I love Leanne's craziness and her strong will. What's right is right and wrong is wrong. With Leanne everything is very clear, there are no grey areas."
Leanne says she's a very emotional person. "I wear my emotions on my sleeve, so everyone always knows exactly what I am feeling and where they stand with me."
She says she "loves Liz's determination and her ability to create magic from nothing. She will do anything for me as a friend and will carry me when I need help."
TOLDJA! M-Net rejigs the revamped V-Entertainment as a once-a-week, Friday-only show on VUZU AMP; adds new weekly music show, Massive Music.
M-Net is rejigging V-Entertainment and will bring it back after a month's on-air absence as a once-a-week, Friday-only show on VUZU AMP and also adding a new weekly music show, Massive Music on Fridays on Mzansi Magic.
At the end of June M-Net abruptly ended the weekday entertainment magazine show V-Entertainment on VUZU AMP and Vuzu after 8 years on the air and said the show isn't cancelled but no longer properly speaking to its audience and needs to evolve.
According to M-Net the reworked V-Entertainment on VUZU AMP (DStv 103) will be a "fresher, more insightful and jam-packed production".
Exactly as insiders told TVwithThinus at the end of June, V-Entertainment is returning in August as a once-a-week episode.
Instead of the gaggle of youth presenters, the revamped V-Entertainment will return on 4 August at 19:00 to VUZU AMP and will now be presented by the older-skewing Somizi Mhlongo who is also an Idols judge on sister channel Mzansi Magic.
Somizi Mhlongo will co-present with two of the former V-Entertainment presenters who have been kept on - Nomuzi Mabena and Siyabonga "Scoop"Ngwekazi.
"We've revamped V-Entertainment to bring the viewers the best dose of entertainment news, in a more current version of the popular format," says Reneilwe Sema, M-Net's director of local entertainment channels.
To compete with e.tv's existing Friday evening music show Club 808, on 4 August a new music show, Massive Music, is added to the Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) schedule at 21:30 with presenters Lalla Hirayama and the YFM DJ Smash Africa.
The show will strictly keep to a rule of not doing "inserts" but to let artists speak in as unguarded as possible interviews.
M-Net says Massive Music will offer "artist interviews, captivating studio performances, and a weekly music chart" as a show where viewers will be able to "get the story behind the songs or albums across all genres".
"The show adheres to a strict 'no insert' policy, instead using the time to probe deeper into the artist's psyche for a more meaningful and richer interview experience, as well as allowing more room for top-notch performances."
"Each week will feature a hot seat segment, discussing all things music and creative. Whether you're a jazz junkie, afropop fan, hip hop head, kwaito devotee, or house hound, Massive Music will cater to every music palette."
Reneilwe Sema says the aim is for Massive Music to "appeal to a broader base of music lovers, the content of which is sure to change Friday night viewing for good".
Former eNCA reporter Nontobeko Sibisi challenging her 'unfair' firing, case will be heard at CCMA on Tuesday.
The former eNCA (DStv 403) reporter Nontobeko Sibisi who was fired after she was found guilty of being dishonest and having compromised the TV news channel's editorial integrity over a free trip to the Cape Town Jazz Festival earlier this year is taking her alleged unfair dismissal fight to the CCMA.
TVwithThinus was first to report that eNCA fired Nontobeko Sibisi on 1 June after finding her guilty of journalistic lapses.
After she was fired in June, Nontobeko Sibisi will now be at the CCMA on Tuesday, 2 August in an alleged unfair dismissal case against eNCA with her lawyers, Haffegee, Roskam & Savage Attorneys challenging her dismissal on procedural and substantive grounds.
Nontobeko Sibisi was one of eNCA's youngest reporters and primarily focused on the entertainment and infotainment beat. eNCA took away her cellphone and she had to leave the building at the channel's Hyde Park headquarters.
Nontobeko Sibisi's axing came a year after eNCA was plunged into scandal after she lashed out eNCA's "self-censorship" in an open letter and said a story of hers about Africa Day was allegedly canned because she was wearing the traditional African head dress known as a "doek" which at the time was against eNCA's on-air policy.
eNCA said at the time the story was shelved because of other editorial problems with it but didn't specify what was wrong. The resulting bad publicity forced the eMedia Investments TV channel to relook its on-air news reporter appearance policy and also laid bare internal staff acrimony within eNCA ranks.
In a statement about Nontobeko Sibisi case that led to her firing two months ago, the journalist says her eNCA line-managers knew about the Cape Town Jazz Festival invitation and intended coverage a month prior to it happening and that she was only notified for the first time about concerns four days before the trip.
"Nontobeko Sibisi's actions were not inconsistent to any other approved free trip undertaken - her editors were well aware of her trips," says the statement.
"The company also pointed out concerns relating to indemnity forms filled out by Sibisi, alleging she 'promised' estimated content outcomes by signing indemnity forms stipulating that she will be 'producing inserts and live presence depending on resources' - this is now being viewed as signing away editorial independence, even though this was also discussed with managers, not mentioning the three line managers who all had access to the indemnity forms and trip details."
"Sibisi was accused of lying and misrepresenting company policy by saying to organisers the company has a rule of not sharing rooms with colleagues - the company dies this standard practice, saying its not explicitly written down as policy - as if to say sharing rooms with working professionals is regular practice, of which Sibisi has never been subjected to."
"It's further alleged, Sibisi omitted disclosing that a video editor had already been accredited himself for the trip - even though that video editor was given permission by his respective line manager, going so far as to amend his roster to make him available - why and how is that being overlooked?"
Thursday, July 27, 2017
National Geographic to reveal Princess Diana on DStv in her own words in new documentary film made from her secret Andrew Morton recordings.
National Geographic (DStv 181) has secured the new documentary Diana: In Her Own Words with DStv subscribers that will hear the late Princess Diana telling her side of her life story at a period when the world thought she was living a fairy tale but while her marriage and life was actually falling apart.
Speaking from beyond the grave on 18 August at 20:05, Diana: In Her Own Words is told entirely in Princess Diana's voice, with no interviews, that National Geographic bills as including "unique recordings" that have never been broadcast before.
Diana: In Her Own Words is spliced together by 1895 Films from archival footage and photography and the secret recordings done in 1991 inside London's Kensington Palace, recorded with her permission by a friend on behalf of the journalist Andrew Morton.
Andrew Morton was writing a book about Princess Diana's life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in world.
The public was unaware that Princess Diana's marriage to Prince of Wales was at crisis point.
In Diana: In Her Own Words, Princess Diana reveals her intimate thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, providing new perspectives on her relationship with Charles and her life under the microscope of the public glare.
"National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world," says Tim Pastore, National Geographic president of original programming and production.
"This film is no exception as it provides fresh perspective and insight into Diana's side of the story and continues our long tradition of providing our audiences unprecedented access to significant events."
In vivid detail, Princess Diana reflects upon the full story of her life, depicting her circumstances in 1991. She takes viewers from her unhappy childhood to her awkward introduction to Prince Charles when she was just 16 years old,and the dramatic tale of a young girl thrust upon the world's stage.
Diana recounts her emotional wedding day and also her experiences with postpartum depression and bulimia."
"We broke down the major moments of her life and arranged them chronologically, then illustrated them with media reports and archival images from that time," says Tom Jennings, executive producer of Diana: In Her Own Words.
MultiChoice says not easy to do business in Nigeria due to hyper-inflation and economic recession as DStv subscribers complain about repeats, customer care and signal loss.
Troubled Nigeria continues to be the biggest black hole on MultiChoice Africa's financial balance sheet, gobbling up gains made elsewhere in Africa by the satellite pay-TV platform and depressing MultiChoice's recent financials that's part of the Naspers group.
While monthly DStv subscriptions are comparatively the cheapest in Nigeria given the plummeting value of the naija - meaning DStv subscribers get the most value for money, Nigerians also complain the loudest about DStv.
Nigerian regulators also imposed the most onerous trading conditions on MultiChoice seen anywhere on the African continent, ranging from compulsory toll-free customer care numbers to mandating that DStv subscribers get up to two free service suspension periods per year as well as other trading rules not seen elsewhere in Africa.
Furthermore emboldened Nigerian censors have ramped up ordering MultiChoice to stop broadcasting certain innocuous content on DStv that caused the TV shows to disappears for DStv subscribers across the entire continent.
Still DStv subscribers in Nigeria are not happy and gave the satellite pay-TV company an earfull at a customer forum session held in Abuja, Nigeria, complaining about DStv decoders, DStv and GOtv signal loss, subscription disconnections, customer care service problems, DStv repeats and scheduling problems.
Caroline Oghuma, MultiChoice Nigeria publicist said that "as a business entity, it is not easy to thrive in a country like ours. For DStv to thrive this hyper-inflation and economic recession; DStv is not doing badly in Nigeria."
"What is important is that the business finds ways to address and proffer solutions to them."
"We have heard our subscribers and will work on enhancing the quality of our services based on the issues raised."
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
MultiChoice says its pay-TV operations in Zimbabwe and full set of DStv bouquets remain available despite Zim's clampdown on forex outflows and shutdown of payment options.
MultiChoice says the operations of its satellite pay-TV service in Zimbabwe is still operational and that the full set of DStv bouquets offered remains available.
It comes as the Zimbabwean government and Zimbabwe's Reserve bank, battling with an ongoing outflow of cash and a lack of adequate foreign reserves, is making it harder and harder for ordinary Zimbabweans to afford - and now to pay for - services like the subscription TV services offered by MultiChoice's DStv and GOtv.
The Zimbabwean government, through the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank is continuing to clamp down on money leaving the country and in February slammed Zimbabwean citizens for their "illogal behaviour" of wanting to subscribe and pay for DStv.
Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank said Zimbabwe citizens who want DStv and pay for it, are part of creating an "unsustainable" situation and that they should rather spend money on raw materials to make cooking oil for the nation.
Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank said DStv subscribers in the country's struggling economy are worsening Zimbabwe's foreign exchange situation, since DStv subscription payments are a big cause money leaving the country.
Since late-2016 several payment options for DStv subscribers in Zimbabwe simply disappeared with payment processing providers announcing that they simply can't continue to process DStv payments.
As it became more difficult for DStv subscribers to make payments, the forex clampdown has been having a devastating effect on MultiChoice Zimbabwe the past four months with the Zimbabwean operation of MultiChoice Africa that is operated as a franchise in the southern African country.
Two weeks ago Zimbabwe's Steward Bank - a unit of mobile telephony operator Econet Wireless - announced that also is suspending DStv payments, citing the unavailability of foreign currency.
Steward Bank will now only process payments for DStv Premium subscribers, MultiChoice's top-tier and most expensive bouquet.
The "Gupta news" channel ANN7 (DStv 405) reported that MultiChoice is cutting it services in Zimbabwe.
ANN7 reported that "most Zimbabwean MultiChoice subscribers will likely be disconnected" because they can't pay their DStv fees.
ANN7 reported that according to a source, "clever Zimbabweans are now paying theirs satellite TV bills in South Africa".
On Wednesday MultiChoice said reports that MultiChoice Zimbabwe is cutting its services in Zimbabwe isn't true.
"Rumours circulating in Zimbabwe to the effect that DStv services to the country are being suspended are wholly inaccurate, and the set of DStv bouquets available to Zimbabwean viewers remain on offer," said Liz Dziva, MultiChoice Zimbabwe publicity manager.
"DStv services to viewers across Zimbabwe remain on offer."
Former Skeem Saam actor Nicholas Nkuna has joined SABC2 soap 7de Laan in permanent contract role of Fikani Chauke.
The former SABC1 Skeem Saam actor Nicholas Nkuna who was also a finalist in the BET reality competition show Top Actor has joined SABC2's weekday soap 7de Laan in the role of Fikani Chauke.
Nicholas Nkuna will make his first appearance on 1 August in 7de Laan, after the Danie Odendaal Productions produced soap gave him a full-time contract for the role.
Fikani Chauke is the new owner of the longtime Theron & Terreblanche shop, with 7de Laan describing the character as "a strong, principled man with a no nonsense approach".
Previously Nicholas Nkuna was seen in Skeem Saam between 2015 and 2016 and Isaac in SABC2's telenovela Keeping Score.
He also portrays the character of Jamai in the new iNumber Number drama series on M-Net's Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) channel on DStv.
African Legacy Project starting on FOX Life; 10-episode series profiling entrepreneurs in 4 African countries including two of the sharks from Shark Tank SA.
A new locally produced show, African Legacy Project, is starting on FOX Life (DStv 126 / StarSat 133) profiling some of Africa's entrepreneurs and will give insight in to how two of the "sharks" on M-Net's Shark Tank SA, Gil Oved and Romeo Kumalo, amassed their fortunes.
African Legacy Project is the second locally produced show for FOX Networks Group Africa's FOX Life channel seen on MultiChoice's DStv and StarTimes South Africa's StarSat and will profile 10 different African entrepreneurs from 4 African countries over the course of 10 episodes, starting on Wednesday 26 July at 19:55.
On Tuesday evening FOX in Johannesburg had a launch event for African Legacy Project attended by people like Gil Oved who will be profiled in one of the episodes.
Unfortunately FOX Africa couldn't bother to tell the media covering television about it and that it would be happening, or invite them to the show's launch event.
No transcripts were made available to the press of the people who spoke and since TVwithThinus wasn't there nor knew about it, it's not possible to report about what was said, or more about the show.
African Legacy Project will profile business leaders from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire who all started from so-called "humble beginnings", with episodes covering the deliberate steps they took to achieving their success.
Ivory Coast's Swaady Martin known as "Africa's queen of luxury"; Zimbabwe's Joseph Hundah who is the CEO of Econet Media; South Africa's dr. Judy Dlamini who is chairperson of the Mbekani Group; Nigeria's Oke Maduewesi who runs the Zaron cosmetic empire; South Africa's Gil Oved who is CEO of The Creative Counsel; South Africa's Renchia Droganis who is the CEO of Africology; the duo Yasmin and Afua of Shehives; South Africa's Romeo Kumalo who is the CEO of Washariki Holdings; South Africa's Candice Thurston who is the founder of the Candi and Co. hair salon, and the Nigerian philantropist Hakeem Bello-Osagie are all profiled.
In the 10 episodes the entrepreneurs will share their worst failures and challenges and tell viewers how they've achieved success with their business ventures.
Phat Joe gone from SABC1's RGB as the out-of-cash SABC fires even more SABC Sport presenters to try and cut costs.
Phat Joe (real name Majota Khambule) is gone from the SABC show Real Goboza (RGB) after the shock jock presenter and the production company both decided they've had enough, with the beleaguered public broadcaster that has also fired several more SABC Sport presenters as its running out of cash.
After initially saying he would be back, Phat Joe, who has been absent from the show for a month, now won't return to SABC1's celebrity magazine lifestyle show RGB produced by Urban Brew Studios, which he presented for 7 years.
Unplanned and leaving RGB with no permanent replacement, Phat Joe becomes the latest marquee name to jettison the SABC that continues to lose iconic on-air talent across its TV channels and radio stations and who have been moving to other broadcasting opportunities - especially pay-TV - over the past year.
The SABC lost names ranging from Bonang Matheba, Pearl Thusi, Minnie Dlamini and Robert Marawa to Tbo Touch, Glen Lewis, Neville Pillay, Putco Mafani, Pierre van Pletzen and many more as the public broadcaster continues to bleed experienced on-air talent.
Earlier this month Phat Joe left his drive time show on East Coast Radio after just a year and racking up 77 complaints over inappropriate comments with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) with "mutual consent" - entertainment industry lingo for both the star and the platform who don't want each other anymore and agree to part ways.
Now Phat Joe won't be seen on RGB anymore after he became the presenter of Take Me Out Mzansi dating game show on VUZU AMP (DStv 103) - the revived Take Me Out South Africa format show from Rapid Blue that used to be on SABC1 and that was taken over by M-Net for one of its channels.
To further rub wounds into the SABC that doesn't like its talent to appear on other DStv TV channels, Phat Joe also just made an appearance as a guest judge on the latest 13th season of Idols on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) this past Sunday, another M-Net packaged channel for DStv.
Similar to East Coast Radio, the parting between Phat Joe and RGB was "a mutual decision" - both have had enough, with Sinazo Yolwa who will hold the fort and comedian Donovan Goliath roped in as a guest presenter for the time being.
"Phat Joe has been a valuable member of the RGB family and an excellent driver on our journey of entertaining South Africans," says Sydney Mekgwe, RGB producer in a statement. "His professionalism, insight and engaging character kept our viewers glued to their screens. We wish him all the best."
SABC1 channel head Clara Nzima in statement says "SABC 1 prides itself as the aggregator of some of the most popular entertainment shows in the country and it is talent like Phat Joe that makes our content accessible to the viewers. Sadly our journey with him has come to an end."
Phat Joe in a statement says "Thank you to all the fans for the opportunity. I had a lot of fun! Most importantly thank you to the entire RGB team. I will see you all in the near future. Watch this space."
More SABC Sport presenters getting the boot
Meanwhile the SABC has fired more sports presenters, telling a further 8 SABC on-air talent that their services won't be needed anymore as the SABC continues to cull on-air talent.
After informing David Kekana, Lindani Mbense, Kwena Moabelo, Christopher Bongo and Cudjoe Amankwa last month that their services won't be needed anymore, the SABC is now also firing Soccer Laduma presenter Tshepo Mabona, Gloria Brown, Fabian McCarthy, Marks Maponyane, Sylvester Ndaba, Mike Mangena, Papi Khomane and Rabbie Moripe whose contracts won't be renewed for the new soccer season.
The SABC's now fired and famously matricless former chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng lied in 2016 and told SABC staffers that freelancers at the public broadcaster would be moved to permanent positions but that didn't happen.
Now as the SABC is once again on the brink of financial collapse similar to 2009 when it was saved through a government bail-out, the SABC is letting dedicated freelance talent go and not renewing contracts to cut costs.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Makeover show, How Do I Look?, getting a South African version for E! Entertainment on DStv; now looking for walking fashion disasters.
How Do I Look? follows after two seasons of E!'s African-centric celebrity profile series Africa E! News Special and the reality presenter search, The Search: E! Host South Africa, and is set to be broadcast on E! on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform towards the end of 2017.
How Do I Look? that ran for 9 years on E!'s sister channel Style is now looking for South African fashion victims to turn themselves in for a makeover, or for people to turn in their family members, colleagues and friends who are walking fashion disasters in dire need of improvement.
In every episode of the South African version of How Do I Look? locals will first appear as themselves.
Then with the help of two friends and relatives, as well as a celebrity stylist, participants will be pushed out of their fashion disaster comfort zone and be given a makeover that not just make them look better, but also inspires new self confidence.
People can enter themselves, or nominate someone else directly on the casting director's website at Bonnie Lee Bouman casting through filling in a background questionnaire.
People selected for the show will have to be available for 2 and a half days for filming.
Second season of MARS on National Geographic starts filming in Budapest; new 6 episodes will be set even further into the future.
The second season of the fictional and anchored by real-life science and astronomy docu-drama series, MARS on National Geographic (DStv 181) has started filming in Budapest and has added several additional actors to the cast.
MARS - interspliced with real-world scientists talking about various challenges surrounding a manned mission to Mars - tells the fictionalised futuristic recreation of mankind's first manned mission to the red planet.
National Geographic renewed Mars for a second season in mid-January 2017.
In March it was a little bit awkward when Hamish Mykura, the executive vice president for programming and development at National Geographic, briefly visited South Africa and did a presentation at MultiChoice's DStv Media Showcase.
I've watched all the episodes of the first season of MARS on National Geographic that was put on DStv Catch Up with the show that of course ends on a cliffhanger with - spoiler alert! - the explorers finally discovering life on Mars in the final scenes.
I therefore asked Hamish Mykura if he can reveal just a little bit of how the second season of MARS will proceed, given that the show is anchored by real-life science to give possible solutions to the problems faced on Mars, but with MARS that will now obviously have to venture even further into more speculative "science fiction" territory.
"We are looking at a next series, but nothing announced yet," Hamish Mykura told me.
With filming that has now started, the new 6 episodes of the second season of MARS will take place several years further into the future, with the new season of Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer's Radical Media that will be broadcast on National Geographic in 2018.
Dee Johnson is the new showrunner of the second season. "This season takes us literally into new territory."
"With no laws, no government and no safety nets of any kind, what is it like to be among the first settlers of Mars? Not only do we explore dangers and mysteries of this brand-new world, but we also explore what it means to be human in a place where so few exist."
By now the Daedalus astronauts have built a full-fledged colony called Olympus Town and the second season will examine mankind's impact on Mars and the planet's impact on humanity.
Back in their roles from the first season are JiHAE as Hanna Seung (mission pilot) who also plays twin sister Joon Seung (capsule communicator of mission control); Sammi Rotibi as Robert Foucault (Nigerian mechanical engineer and roboticist); Alberto Ammann as Javier Delgado (hydrologist and geochemist); Clémentine Poidatz as Amelie Durand, (French mission physician and biochemist); Anamaria Marinca as Marta Kamen (a Russian exobiologist and geologist); and Cosima Shaw as Leslie Richardson (British nuclear physicist).
New actors have joined the second season of MARS: Esai Morales, Roxy Sternberg, Gunnar Cauthery, Levi Fiehler, Evan Hall, Akbar Kurtha and Jeff Hephner.
Esai Morales will play Roland St. John (CEO of private enterprise Lukrum Corporation); Roxy Sternberg is Jen Carson (operation forewoman at the Lukrum mining colony); Gunnar Cauthery plays Lt. Michael Glenn (newest addition to Olympus Town and second in command); Levi Fiehler will play Cameron Pate (molecular biologist tech in Olympus Town); Evan Hall is Shep Master (the wild card of the Lukrum crew); Akbar Kurtha is Dr. Johar (psychologist) and Jeff Hephner is Kurt Hurrelle, leader of the Lukrum mining colony.
JUMP THE SHARK. Viewers upset over Discovery Channel's shark week stunt after Michael Phelps only raced against a CGI Great White shark.
Viewers are upset with Discovery Channel (DStv 121) after the channel's stunt kick-off to Shark Week in which American swimmer Michael Phelps was billed to race against a shark in Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White turned out to be a CGI shark.
For the first time ever, Discovery's (in)famous "Shark Week" with all kinds of shark programming is happening in South Africa and around the world, in the same week as in America - but seems to have proverbially "jumped the shark" - a TV show term for when something good on TV goes bad.
A few years ago in December 2014, Discovery Channel hyped up the special Eaten Alive in which a man would be "eaten and regurgitated" by a massive snake. But not only did it not really happen, it caused a backlash from viewers who felt duped.
Discovery afterwards said it would move away from that type of programming.
For the latest Shark Week, Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White was shown in America on Sunday and in South Africa last night at 22:00 - and viewers were not happy when Phelps vs Shark turned out to not be a real shark.
In the hour-long TV event, Michael Phelps ended up swimming not again any type of live sharks, but against a CGI creation that was made after recording how fast real types of sharks can swim and then having Phelps swim, adding in a CGI shark in post-production.
"Clearly, we can’t put Michael in one lane and a white shark on the far lane. We’re gonna have to do a simulation," said ecologist Tristan Gutteridge, one of the scientists in the episode.
It also didn't help -spoiler alert! - that Phelps lost.
The computer simulated Great White shark finished 100 metres in 36.1 seconds while Phelps with the aid of a "monofin" that kept his legs together, took 38.1 seconds. As a consolation prize he did however win against a reef shark by 0.2 seconds.
smh Michael Phelps isn't actually racing a shark. He's just racing a simulation of a shark. Biggest scam of 2017— Marcus ¬ (@M_Frosti) July 24, 2017
When you find out that Michael Phelps isn't actually racing an actual shark pic.twitter.com/6KwHGaWXc9— t (@tatummowery) July 24, 2017
Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 24, 2017
So you mean to tell me Michael Phelps didn't even race a real shark? It was just a simulation. I'm mad. More like Shark WEAK! pic.twitter.com/gwIGTe7Y9p— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) July 24, 2017
i’m disappointed because i thought Phelps was racing an actual shark :/ #SharkWeek— olivia hager (@oliviahager) July 24, 2017
The rest of the week's Shark Week programming on Discovery Channel is as follows:
Shark-Croc Showdown, Tuesday 25 July, 22:00
Dr. Mark Meekan and conservationist Paul de Gelder go on an expedition to one the sharkiest places in the world - a remote wilderness called the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Meekan is there to count sharks and species as part of Vulcan’s Global FinPrint project – Paul de Gelder’s going because he heard that sharks and crocodiles fight over sea turtles out there. What happens when 14-foot crocs move into shark infested waters?
African Shark Safari, Wednesday, 26 July, 22:00
Madagascar is not known as a location for great white sharks. According to the shark sanctuary here, both great whites and tigers are "extinct" in Madagascan waters.
So why has a great white shark, tagged in South Africa, traveled 1500 miles up the African coast to Madagascar? Craig O'Connell and the team make the long journey to the remote island to investigate and see if Madagascar is the next big great white shark hotspot.
Great Hammerhead Invasion, Thursday, 27 July, 22:00
Early November, giant hammerheads arrive off Bimini, in the Bahamas. But why?
Leading shark scientist Tristan Guttridge tags and follows these normally solitary sharks to find out. Many of the sharks appear to be pregnant females, as an ultrasound of a female hammerhead shows. Guttridge believes they spend winter in Bimini to feed their growing young – and then move on to the Florida coast to prey on migrating blacktips.
Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives, Friday, 28 July, 22:00
Every two years in October – in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 – a secluded beach on the central California coast has been the scene of great white shark attacks.
Is it the same shark returning again and again? And will the attacks continue in October 2016? Dr. Michael Domeier believes the Surf Beach attacks may be more than a tragic coincidence. With the help of shark experts Ralph Collier and Cal Lutheran, and using satellite tags and DNA technology, he wants to out the killer once and for all.
Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins, Saturday, 29 July, 22:00
Dr. Craig O'Connell goes to the Bass Strait for sawsharks, while Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr. David Ebert go into deep water in Tokyo Bay to find the star of the show, the goblin shark. They find both sawsharks and goblins - and many more, including ghost sharks, frilled sharks, and the amazing luminescent lantern shark.
Shark School with Michael Phelps, Sunday, 30 July, 22:00
Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything "shark" related.
Together, they will dispel the myths and common misconceptions, while Michael gets schooled on how to safely dive with sharks – including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face.
MultiChoice and Discovery Networks International are also adding additional Shark Week content on DStv Catch Up with Shark Week premieres, Sharks and the City: Los Angeles, Return to the Isle of Jaws, Lair of the Sawfish and Shark Swarm that's exclusively available on DStv Catch Up only.
As calls grow for removal of Guptas' ANN7 TV channel that DStv subscribers say they don't want to pay for, MultiChoice says it has no editorial control over channels' content.
As calls grow for the removal of the TV channel ANN7 (DStv 405) from DStv by thousands of subscribers saying they don't want to be forced to pay for the "Gupta news" channel, MultiChoice in an open letter says that the pay-TV operator doesn't have editorial control over what the Gupta channel shows.
While an an online petition that was started in April has now grown to over 12 500 signatures and comments asking for ANN7 to be removed from MultiChoice's satellite pay-TV platform DStv - and keeps growing - several other voices have publicly called for MultiChoice to remove ANN7.
A growing number of South Africans - from ordinary DStv subscribers to high-profile names - feels that ANN7 from Infinity Media Networks is sowing divisiveness in South African society and fueling racial tension through slanted commentary, so-called "expert" panelists and its biased coverage of political events.
In a published open letter - that interestingly has some mistakes - Nolo Letele, MultiChoice South Africa's chairperson, makes the claim that MultiChoice "do not have editorial control over the content third-party providers place on their channels, nor do we endorse any particular points of view".
Nolo Letele references some of the TV news channels carried on MultiChoice, making the mistake of saying "CCTV" that changed to CGTN at the end of last year already, "CNN" that's actually CNN International (CNN is America's domestic feed) and even "Russia Today" - a channel that officially changed its name to RT ages ago.
Let wrong DStv channel names in a corporate open letter that should have been checked better before being sent to the media not be used to cast aspersions.
But lets consider this:
MultiChoice's constantly performs content analyses and performance evaluations on basically all of the channels carried on DStv. Under-performing and non-performing third-party channels on DStv are continually told when their content isn't working and what should be changed.
This can be considered a form of editorial control.
The past year and a half several channels on MultiChoice's DStv from E! Entertainment to TLC Entertainment - even recently kids channels ranging from Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to Disney XD - have seen content across Africa banned and removed in ramped up censorship in countries ranging from Nigeria to Kenya that has a direct impact on all Africans - even South African DStv subscribers.
Something like this doesn't happen in a vacuum, with complaints from broadcasting regulators that go to MultiChoice in these various African countries.
MultiChoice then quickly contacts third-party channels and tell them to remove the offending content, ranging from I Am Cait to The Loud House.
Last month MultiChoice quickly told African countries when more content were removed that "in tandem with our internal quality control measures, we also ensure all third-party suppliers are adequately briefed on country specific regulatory requirements and provisions".
This can be considered a form of editorial control.
Also consider these examples from the controversial MultiChoice SABC contract for the supply of the SABC News (DStv 404) and SABC Encore (DStv 156) channels by the SABC to DStv.
Keep in mind that MultiChoice's contract with ANN7 very likely carries a similar section:
When a channel under-performs, the contract states that MultiChoice and the SABC: "shall meet and agree on how best to improve the viewership."
"The SABC shall be given the opportunity to implement the changes it deems fit to improve the viewership of of SABC News during a period of 30 days from the date of the meeting referred to above."
Elsewhere the contract states that the SABC "shall ensure that each of the channels retains its current quality and character".
How do you possibly improve viewership if you don't make changes to the content? And doesn't an agreement to adhere to a specific "character" at its very core signify editorial changes?
This can be considered a form of editorial control.
And there's this: When MultiChoice extended the reach of SABC News from just South Africa to the rest of Africa, the SABC dropped all other language TV news bulletins from SABC News and made the channel just English.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said it was done because DStv subscribers in countries outside South Africa won't understand South Africa's languages. Keep in mind that SABC News is supposed to be for South African viewers - one of the SABC's envisioned DTT channels to serve the South African public.
Yet the (bigger and expanded) platform - in this case MultiChoice's DStv - literally had a direct influence on the editorial side of a TV news channel carried on it, in this case the 10 languages dropped from it.
This can be considered a form of editorial control.
In the letter Nolo Letele says that MultiChoice has "a legally binding agreement with ANN7, which we are legally obliged to abide by."
"We are a responsible corporate citizen and where legal grounds arise that require us to terminate a content agreement, we will certainly do so."
"Customers who do not agree with the editorial content of any channel have the ability - quite independently of us - to reach out to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA. I hope this information is useful."
Interestingly Nolo Letele doesn't - and can't - say that customers who do not agree with the editorial content of any channel have the ability to not pay for it.
Despite complaining with the BCCSA over ANN7, DStv subscribers will still have to pay for ANN7 while enriching the Guptas as evidence of state capture and shocking Pell Pottinger PR practices continue to emerge.
Nolo Letele's open letter feels as if MultiChoice is doing what in psychology is termed "learned helplessness".
Imagine a shop carries a product or service, a hundred thousand customers complain, but the shop says "sorry there is nothing we can do about it". It's absurd.
More than a hundreds thousand DStv subscribers already voiced their strong opposition to ANN7 but MultiChoice seems to say it doesn't have the ability or willingness to act and that there's nothing the pay-TV operator can do about it.
In Nolo Letele's words, the ability - in fact the responsibility - is shifted away from MultiChoice and to the DStv subscriber - to the paying customer - to go and complain to a broadcasting complaints body.
And that is disappointing.
Below is the open letter from MultiChoice's Nolo Letele, published in full:
Deon Wiggett takes MultiChoice to task for carrying the ANN7 news channel on its satellite platform (Dethroning DStv from our lounges might slay ANN7, July 21).
He wants us to consider summarily removing the channel from the platform. Perhaps it will be useful to consider the following.
DStv is a platform that relays many local and international news channels representing a wide spectrum of views (SABC News, eNCA, ANN7, Parliamentary Service, Business Day TV, CNN, Sky News, Russia Today, CCTV, Al Jazeera and others).
We do not have editorial control over the content third-party providers place on their channels, nor do we endorse any particular points of view.
At present we have a legally binding agreement with ANN7, which we are legally obliged to abide by.
We are a responsible corporate citizen and where legal grounds arise that require us to terminate a content agreement, we will certainly do so.
Customers who do not agree with the editorial content of any channel have the ability - quite independently of us - to reach out to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa. I hope this information is useful.
Nolo Letele Executive chairman, MultiChoice SA
Monday, July 24, 2017
SABC appoints Nomsa Philiso as latest acting CEO; SABC TV division again rudderless as both top two positions are vacant.
The out-of-cash SABC that has been hammering top executives for the past year and a half and that continues to lose top executives, rushed to appoint the SABC's TV boss, Nomsa Philiso as the latest new acting SABC CEO after James Aguma, embroiled in scandals, abruptly quit last week.
Thabile Dlamini has been appointed as the latest acting chief financial officer (CFO) at the beleaguered South African public broadcaster, replacing Audrey Raphela who was also removed under a cloud as she's implicated in several dubious multi-million contract deals of the SABC.
Bessie Tugwana will remain on as acting chief operating officer (COO) at the SABC in the post left vacant by the controversial and now fired, famously matricless Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The chairperson of the SABC's interim board, Khanyisile Kweyama signed the three acting positions to be in effect until 12 October 2017.
It is just the latest top level executives moves at the SABC, where never-ending high-ranking executive changes are indicative of not just the unstable and ongoing palace intrigue that continues to grip and morbidly fascinates South Africa's TV industry, but of how really bad and gutted the internal management of the public broadcaster has become.
Nomsa Philiso became the SABC's TV boss in August 2016 but her move to acting SABC CEO once again leaves South Africa's TV industry fearful and wondering about what's happening at the embattled public broadcaster that's struggling to pay local South African producers.
The SABC didn't announce an acting replacement and acting executive for the SABC's role of group executive for television - the SABC's highest TV executive position - with Nomsa Philiso shifting to the acting CEO position.
Trying to claw back from ongoing turmoil and making the situation at the SABC's TV division even more dire to outside observers, is the fact that Maijang Sam Mpherwane will finally be officially gone at the end of this week as SABC TV's number two executive in charge in the position of general manager for SABC television.
What it means is that the SABC's TV division, from August, will have no specific executives as permanent appointments in the top two executive positions in its television division - extremely important and crucial positions that look after and supervise all TV matters at the public broadcaster.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago didn't issue any public press statement about the new acting appointments but the SABC told its staffer "citizens" in an internal email that "staff members are encouraged to support the executive directors in their roles in taking the organisation to greater heights. We wish them all the best during their tenure".
Sunday, July 23, 2017
China's StarTimes looking to dramatically expand in Africa; wants to build TV factory making a million TV sets and boost content production, dubbing capacity.
China StarTimes pay-TV service in Africa, now operating in 30 African countries - including in South Africa with its StarSat subsidiary - says it has grown rapidly since its launch in 2002 across Africa and now employs 4 300 Africans in the 30 countries.
Pang Xinxing, group president of StarTimes, visited Africa this past week as a guest at the 1st Youth Connekt summit in Kigali, Rwanda, held at the Kigali Convention Centre.
Rwanda in May got a $7 million loan from the Chinese government - done through StarTimes - to set up a film and TV production studio in the country.
StarTimes also paid $75 000 (R968 655) in sponsorship to the Youth Connekt summit to sponsor Thursday evening's "Opportunity Raising Gala dinner"on 20 July at the summit, billed as a "by invitation only" event - that explains Pang Xinxing's invitation and presence at the Youth Connekt summit.
Pang Xinxing said that StarTimes plans to build a TV set manufacturing plant in Africa that will make 1 million TV sets in 5 years.
In an interview on CNBC Africa (DStv 410) with the business TV news channel that opened a second bureau in Rwanda a few months ago - this one inside the Kigali Convention Centre, Pang Xinxing said that StarTimes will " focus more on content transmission and production to reach more different language countries" in Africa.
StarTimes already dubs a bunch of Chinese shows into African vernacular for its set of StarTimes packaged channels beamed into Africa and plans to increase its dubbing capacity, as well as the number of African languages shows are dubbed in.
In 2016 for instance, StarTimes held the first Star TV Drama Dubbing Contest in Tanzania with 10 contestants that were flown to Beijing for the chance to work at StarTimes's headquarters and got professional dubbing training.
In a statement from StarTimes that wasn't released beyond Rwanda, Pang Xinxing said StarTimes will establish and roll out several TV production and dubbing centres across Africa to help train more voice artists to translate Chinese shows for African audiences.
At the Youth Connekt summit, Pang Xinxing said StarTimes has undertaken the 10 000 African Villages Satellite TV Project as part of the Chinese president Xi Jinping's announcement at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation meeting in the 2015 Johannesburg Summit.
Through this, StarTimes helped to bring satellite TV to 10 000 African villages to give young Africans living in rural areas access to television and information.
Virtually destroyed SABC needs to get rid of parasitic agreement between the public broadcaster and Naspers' MultiChoice for sake of the South Africa's much-abused audiences, says SACP.
In a strongly-worded statement the South African Communist Party (SACP) says the "virtually destroyed" SABC needs to get rid of and end the highly controversial "parasitic agreement" between the struggling South African public broadcaster and Naspers' pay-TV platform MultiChoice running the DStv service.
The highly controversial agreement was signed by the SABC's now fired chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng for the SABC to provide the SABC Encore (DStv 156) and SABC News (DStv 404) channels to MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform.
The SABC paid Hlaudi Motsoeneng a R11.4 million signing bonus from the millions paid to the SABC by MultiChoice.
Critics argue that the SABC gave the public broadcaster's content archives to MultiChoice; something the SABC denies, although the SABC told parliament earlier this year that it "sends a tape per day to MultiChoice".
The controversial MultiChoice SABC agreement is being reviewed. The SABC interim board chaired by Khanyisile Kweyama would like the agreement and SABC Encore and SABC News to continue.
The SACP says it wants to see a reversal of "the unhealthy commercialisation of the public broadcaster, which shifted SABC content focus away from those who most need and rely on its radio and TV content - the working class and poor majority of South Africans".
The SACP wants to see an end to "the years of wholesale looting under Hlaudi Motsoeneng – both equally destructive of the SABC's ability to provide programming of a quality South Africans need and deserve" and "thirdly, to recover all the money that was looted or wasted from all those who were responsible".
The SACP says the SABC's interim board has made a good start in cleaning up the struggling and destroyed SABC but "simply lacks the resources to achieve even a fraction of the fix-it mandate set by parliament".
"When the interim board arrived, the SABC was virtually bankrupt and its audiences in rapid decline - and acting CEO James Aguma was part of the propaganda of lies to the contrary".
"James Aguma’s resignation this week as acting CEO of the SABC is welcome news for the corporation and for this country’s much-abused broadcasting audiences," says the SACP.
"It is particularly welcome for the working class and poor majority, for many of whom the public broadcaster remains the only source of information and entertainment. James Aguma jumped before a conclusion was reached – in the middle of a disciplinary hearing that clearly was not going his way."
"While much of the damage James Aguma formed part of driving at the SABC did to a once-healthy and publicly respected public institution appears to have been on the orders of Hlaudi Motsoeneng – himself recently sacked after virtually destroying the public broadcaster, but still exercising a toxic influence over the SABC through many misguided loyalists – James Aguma managed to do some entirely on his own."
"In March this year the SACP noted James Aguma’s personal responsibility (and possibly personal benefit?) for a contract for TV licence fee collections so ridiculously expensive that every cent collected was almost entirely paid out to the collectors."
"The SABC is well rid of him, and none too soon. But there may still be sting in James Aguma’s tail: speculation at the SABC is that he will be in court soon to attempt to get his disciplinary hearing accepted as “constructive dismissal” under labour law, entitling him to yet more of the SABC’s non-existent cash reserves."
"For years the SACP has demanded a complete clean-out of the SABC under successive boards, and over-paid, under-performing executives," says the SACP in its statement.
American science fiction series The Flash casts former South African soap stars Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht in roles for upcoming 4th season.
The American science fiction series, The Flash, seen in South Africa and across Africa on M-Net's VUZU AMP (DStv 103), has cast the former South African soap stars, Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht in key roles in its upcoming 4th season.
Neil Sandilands who appeared in SABC2's 7de Laan before moving to America will portray The Thinker, and Kim Engelbrecht who appeared in SABC3's Isidingo and appeared in the South African filmed American science fiction series, Dominion recently, will appear in The Flash as The Mechanic.
The casting was announced on Saturday at The Flash' Comic-Con panel of the series that is shown on America's CW channel.
Neil Sandilands will portray the DC Comics villain Clifford Devoe, known as The Thinker, a metahuman with a mega mind who starts a battle over the course of the 4th season with The Flash.
The premise pits the "fastest mind alive" against "the fastest man alive" as The Thinker tries to "fix" what he feels is wrong with humanity.
Kim Engelbrecht will portray The Thinker's helper, the DC Comics character, The Mechanic, who helps him as an intelligent engineer designing devices for The Thinker.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
SABC pulls Generations omnibus on SABC1 follow viewer complaints over Thabi and Smanga's too explicit Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes.
The SABC has abruptly pulled this past week's episodes of the Generations omnibus on SABC1 supposed to be repeated today from 11:00 following viewer complaints over the alleged explicit sex scenes between two characters involved in a "Fifty Shades of Grey" type storyline that went to far for even primetime.
In a slew of complaints, the SABC was accused of turning the SABC1 primetime weekday soap into soft porn filled with steamy sex scenes while families with children are watching.
The Mfundi Vundla produced soap - the second most watched show on SABC1 and on South African television overall - shocked viewers in the week when the characters of Thabi (Motsoaledi Setumo) and Smanga had their own version of the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey novel and film.
Thabi, in racy black underwear called herself "a slave" and "a very naughty girl" who "needs to be punished", revealed her various bedroom skills to South African viewers as she later also took out a whip and handed it to Smanga to use on her.
Instead of the week's too-hot-to-handle episodes, the South African public broadcaster on Friday decided to replace Saturday's omnibus episodes.
Later today SABC1 will rebroadcast the first five episodes of the "new" Generations that was broadcast when the show restarted in late-2014 after it went off the air following a cast strike a few months earlier asking for better contracts and that saw the SABC fire everyone and reboot the show as Generations - The Legacy with completely new actors.
It's not clear if Morula Pictures will be reworking, editing or changing scenes from next week's episodes in the ongoing storyline that was filmed months ago already in the story from head writer Collin Oliphant and writer Tanya Tiedje.
Earlier Generations said that "We are aware of the complaints but we will continue to show such scenes as the series progresses," but that might change.
The SABC as public broadcaster has a responsibility under the Broadcasting Code to not show programming that's harmful to children or goes too far before the so-called "watershed period" of 21:00 when the likelihood of great that children and families are still watching; and to show adequate parental viewing advisories ahead of time on programmes.
"SABC 1 has taken a decision to pull off the Generations - The Legacy omnibus for this week’s episodes which were scheduled to air Saturday, 22nd July 2017."
"This is due to the viewer complaints the channel has received about the alleged explicit content shown during this week’s episodes of the popular soapie," said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago in a statement.
"The channel will replace this week’s episodes by airing the first 5 episodes of Generations – The Legacy that first went to air on 1 to 5 December 2014, from 11:00 to 13:30."
"We would like to assure our viewers that we take their feedback seriously and would like to apologize for any inconvenience or discomfort this week’s episodes may have caused," said Kaizer Kganyago.
#GenerationsTheLegacy next episode of this soapie should be on #etv 00:00am ... like Emmanuel. ...thank you pic.twitter.com/YIunR0rGYX— Tumelo Sefoloshe (@TumeloSefolosh1) July 18, 2017
#GenerationsTheLegacy please follow BCCSA code of conduct what are you influencing young kids?— murovhi thumo (@murovhithumo4) July 18, 2017
#GenerationsTheLegacy is starting again with this 50 Shades of Masepa!— Theodorah Manjo ♡ (@MissManjo) July 17, 2017
Bathong, we are watching with PARENTS! Stop this Smanga nonsense. pic.twitter.com/Ob6KOmhO1M
Yey!!! #GenerationsTheLegacy my 6 year old nieces watches u to, phela this is porn nje🚶🚶🚶— Alleta (@AlletaNkosi) July 18, 2017
My folks are fed up ngale Porn #GenerationsTheLegacy— Chris Mduduzi (@Just_chrisM) July 18, 2017
From Generations the legacy to 50 shades of Generations— #MadlaminiOutNow!!!! (@_kidPT) July 20, 2017
Generations the Legacy way too sexual lately 😐 Making it awkward for us with the Fam 😐— CHAMPAGNE🌹 (@Nakedi_NKD) July 19, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
SABC warns again slew of fake audition scams for shows targeting the youth; asks public to check legitimacy of casting calls.
The SABC is warning people not to fall for fake talent seeking and audition scams targeting and using the names of the public broadcaster's shows.
The SABC took the step to try and stem the tide of fake audition calls flooding the industry, especially targeting kids and young people.
Scam artists are now going so far as providing fake SABC employees contact details to try and get access to venues like school halls for free to run bogus auditions where kids and parents who are asked to make cash payments upfront are conned out of thousands of rand.
Payments for auditions is never something that happens at a legitimate casting and audition session.
Last week the SABC's Venda soap, Muvhango, yet again had to warn people about another new fake audition scam.
The SABC's audition scam warning comes a week after MultiChoice warned against fake recruitment ads and agencies and said that DStv will never send a chauffeur to pick someone up to drive them to a job interview to work in a call centre.
Similar to audition scams conning people out of money, fake recruitment ads and cons have flooded social media in South Africa, using the brands of big-name companies like MultiChoice, Telkom, FNB, Absa and others to prey on naive and unsuspecting victims and desperate job seekers.
The SABC says its issuing its alert to "all children and caregivers to be careful of bogus casting agencies which are claiming to come from SABC shows like YO.TV, Hectic Nine-9, Muvhango, Generations, Skeem Saam and Isidingo".
"These fraudulent agencies are charging children and parents money for 'shoots', and then disappear with the victims' money."
The SABC says the South African public should always verify the authenticity of any TV auditions for SABC shows by making contact with Thando Matshalilanga on 011 714 5759 and email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Thabile Makgobotlwana at 011 714 7507 and email@example.com
Science fiction series Stargate revived with 10 episode new series, Stargate Origins; filming set to start in August.
The Stargate science fiction TV series is being revived with a 10 episode streaming series entitled Stargate Origins that will follow the adventures of the daughter of the archaeologist who first discovered the buried space portal in Egypt's sands.
Stargate Origins will be streamed on the new Stargate Command subscription-based digital site in America, but will likely be sold overseas as a TV series in the same way the upcoming Star Trek Discovery will be on the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service CBS Access in America but available on Netflix in the rest of the world.
Stargate Origins will be written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan and explore a brand new chapter in the young Catherine Langford’s early history surrounding the extraordinary portal.
Catherine Langford who made a few appearances in Stargate, is the daughter of the archaeologist who discovered the circle teleportation device and she goes on several adventures to unlock the musteries of what lies beyond the Stargate to save Earth from evil.
MGM’s Digital Group and entertainment studio New Form are producing Stargate Origins with filming that will start in August.
"We've been eager to revisit the Stargate franchise, and create an all-new story that honors the founding mythos and gives loyal fans more mystery and adventure," says Kevin Conroy, MGM president of digital & new platforms in a statement.
"We view Stargate Origins as a thank you to fans who have been keeping the spirit of the franchise alive for nearly 25 years. With the increasing popularity of digitally native content that can be streamed to any device, MGM is committed to the production of premium linear mid-form content and are proud to launch with Stargate Origins."
"We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with MGM and their trust in us as a leading digital-first studio to deliver the next compelling chapter of this fantastic Stargate franchise,” says New Form COO JC Cangilla.
With more than 380 episodes spanning nearly 20 seasons, the Stargate franchise is an award-winning, cultural phenomenon around the world.
Stargate SG-1 was first broadcast in South Africa on SABC2 that only showed the first few seasons and then dropped the show. The series was taken over by M-Net for one of its channels on DStv, with the subsequent spin-offs Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe that were both shown on M-Net Series.
With more than 380 episodes spanning nearly 20 seasons, the Stargate franchise is an award-winning, cultural phenomenon around the world.
Stargate SG-1 was first broadcast in South Africa on SABC2 that only showed the first few seasons and then dropped the show. The series was taken over by M-Net for one of its channels on DStv, with the subsequent spin-offs Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe that were both shown on M-Net Series.
How unveiling BBC talent's pay is a deliberate attempt to undermine and damage the BBC as a great British institution.
Anyone who seriously believes that a government dictat obliging the BBC to reveal salaries of its top talent was genuinely driven by concerns about accountability should look carefully at those who champion the cause.
The report which details the salaries of those high profile presenters, newsreaders and journalists who earn over £150,000 will prompt wholly predictable denunciations in the columns of the right wing press about overpaid luvvies being subsidised by licence payers.
They will be illustrated with choice quotes from the usual political suspects whose loathing for the BBC is just about exceeded by their contempt for supporters of the European Union.
They are the same publishers, politicians and critics who for decades have used any excuse to rail against an institution held in deep affection by the vast majority of licence payers and commanding huge admiration around the world.
For newspapers like The Sun, Daily Mail and Telegraph, there is barely disguised commercial self-interest in wanting the most trusted and popular purveyor of free journalism scaled back to insignificance.
For the right wing of the Conservative Party, there is a deep ideological conviction that private is always better than public, and only the market can deliver value – not to mention a passionate belief in the BBC’s left-wing bias, despite clear evidence to the contrary.
For politicians across the spectrum, there is the discomfort of being interrogated by the likes of Eddie Mair and John Humphrys. This is a measure foisted on the BBC by its enemies, and has nothing whatsoever to do with holding the corporation to account for public expenditure.
Consider for a moment the real argument about transparency and accountability.
It is eminently reasonable that licence fee payers should have information about high earners, escalating costs, and gender, age or minority inequalities. But it is perfectly possible to achieve all of those objectives with anonymous data which do not identify specific individuals.
Yes, there is a gender pay gap – which Tony Hall has pledged to eradicate. He and the BBC will rightly be held accountable for that commitment, as they will for ensuring that overall top earners’ pay goes down rather than up.
But we really do not need to know how much Laura Kuenssberg earns to make sure the BBC exercises proper stewardship over our money. Now consider the real damage that these disclosures could inflict.
Competitors will be gleefully scouring BBC salaries for precise information on how they might lure away top talent. That in turn will inflate talent salaries across the board.
Meanwhile, the BBC becomes a less attractive place for star presenters who may not enjoy having details of their pay plastered all over the tabloid press.
So the BBC starts to lose some of its popular presenters, which is then reflected in ratings, which is then used by BBC detractors to attack a universal payment. The BBC becomes diminished.
Meanwhile, BBC journalists interrogating politicians on, say, their expenses or austerity policies, will be challenged about their own salaries. That would be fine if all journalistic salaries were published – without discrimination between commercial and public sector, print or broadcast.
But this puts the BBC at a significant disadvantage when compared to their colleagues at ITV, Channel 4, Sky or in the printed press.
The rest of the world looks to the BBC as a trusted, independent source of information, when investment in journalism is being undermined by the major tech companies.
Yet one of the BBC’s most cherished characteristics – its independence – is being undermined by a government determined to do the bidding of the corporation’s longstanding enemies.
If any more evidence is needed of how we got here, just consider the history of the new BBC Charter which brought today’s disclosures.
The former culture secretary, John Whittingdale – long wedded to the notion of a smaller, market-gap BBC – pushed for a disclosure threshold of £150,000. But after personal intervention by then prime minister David Cameron, the BBC White Paper published last year set the minimum at £450,000.
Then came the referendum, Cameron’s demise and Theresa May’s elevation.
In September last year, just before May visited Rupert Murdoch in New York, her new culture secretary Karen Bradley announced that the threshold would, after all, be £150,000.
Cue much rejoicing among those newspapers and columnists who had done so much to assist Mrs May’s rapid rise to the top.
At last year’s Edinburgh TV festival, ITV’s programmes chief Kevin Lygo called the proposal “mean-spirited”. Tony Hall has said that it will “not make it easier for the BBC to retain the talent the public love”.
Conservative peer and one of the most experienced broadcasters and talent impresarios in the country, Michael Grade, has called it “disgraceful”.
The BBC, the talent and licence payers will all lose out. It is a wholly unnecessary and spiteful idea born simply out of political expedience.
Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications, University of Westminster
This article was originally published on The Conversation.