Wednesday, April 11, 2018

M-Net's Carte Blanche explains the on-air absence of John Webb, saying he is still part of the show but has left South Africa for Ireland.

The reason why John Webb has dropped off M-Net's (DStv 101) Carte Blanche is because he no longer lives in South Africa.

TVwithThinus, as well as viewers who asked, noticed the absence of the highly respected journalist and TV presenter on M-Net's weekly investigative magazine show on Sunday evenings at 19:00, produced by Combined Artistic Productions with George Mazarakis as executive producer.

In response to a media enquiry, M-Net says John Webb remains one of the Carte Blanche presenters although his diminished on-screen appearances in inserts in the magazine show are due to the fact that he's left South Africa.

"John Webb has been based in the United Kingdom and Ireland for quite a while so when we have overseas stories, John is the logical choice of field presenter for Carte Blanche. John is also producing some stories for Carte Blanche at the moment," says M-Net.

"In short, he remains one of the Carte Blanche field presenters."

John Webb's in-field absence means a heavier lifting load for the remaining Carte Blanche presenters.

The longtime presenter and anchor Bongani Bingwa left Carte Blanche in March and was replaced in the anchor chair by Macfarlane Moleli who joined Carte Blanche in September 2017 after just 5 months with the show. His promotion came ahead of Claire Mawisa who has been with the show for a much longer time.

The other two presenter-anchors are Derek Watts and Devi Sankaree Govender - meaning Carte Blanche is in effect short on one presenting person.

The multiple award-winning Carte Blanche will celebrate its 30th anniversary in August as South Africa's longest running television programme.