Monday, October 31, 2022
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Friday, October 28, 2022
Mzansi Magic to do a live Saturday broadcast of Zulu king Misuzulu KwaZwelithini coronation, SABC1 to run recorded prime time highlights, TV news channels silent.
MultiChoice and M-Net adding Magic Showcase and CineMagic as lower-tier channels but will try to prevent more complaints about DStv repeats by locking the channels away to filtered-down bouquets, Novela Magic taken away in South Africa.
MultiChoice removes Paramount Africa's MTV Hits channel from DStv over 'decreased interest and interaction with the channel'.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
TV RATINGS September 2022: Idols on Mzansi Magic and Muvhango on SABC2 continue their viewership death spiral, as SABC1's Xhosa news become most-watched TV bulletin in South Africa and viewers are over The Real Housewives of Cape Town.
SABC investigates new claims of a TV execs 'programming cabal' running an extortion racket demanding kickbacks and bribes before commissioning low-class content from 'friends and family' producers.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Filming on season 2 of HBO's House of the Dragon to start in early 2023 as first season finale draws 9.3 million viewers in America.
Massive price hike of 47% for Apple TV+ in South Africa, Apple says first-ever jump to R125 per month is because streamer has more content available.
'I'm done': Toks van der Linde quits kykNET's Toks & Tjops talk show after 12 years, says trust broke down and he was 'stabbed in the back' by producer and is getting replaced by Rikus de Beer.
Monday, October 24, 2022
E! News to return to E! from 14 November with Justin Sylvester and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton as presenters.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
HBO 'aggressively monitoring' and trying to scrub House of the Dragon's first season finale from the internet after thousands torrent and download episode leak from EMEA region.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
On the BBC's 100th anniversary today BBC Studios and eMedia's promised UKTV channel fails to launch on Openview in South Africa without prior warning or communication to viewers.
Monday, October 17, 2022
The prolific Afrikaans TV presenter, news reader, producer, director and actress Franci Swanepoel died in her sleep on Sunday morning. She was 50.
Franci Swanepoel who was born in Johannesburg and matriculated at Linden high school in 1989, graduated with a drama degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
In a statement kykNET boss Waldimar Pelser told TVwithThinus that "Franci was busy filming a drama series for kykNET. She was a valued colleague and a dear friend to many and we are incredibly shocked and saddened over the news of her death".
Franci Swanepoel who lived in Auckland Park was one of the new crop of SABC2 continuity presenters in the mid-1990s when the South African public broadcaster relaunched its three SABC TV channels and the then-TV1 changed to SABC2.
On TV, Franci Swanepoel who had also directed and starred in several television commercials, had roles in numerous Afrikaans TV series on SABC2 and kykNET over decades ranging from Woestynblom and Vierspel to Pottie Potgieter, Hartland, Arsenaal, Iemand om lief te He, Die Vierde Kabinet, Bloedbroers, Sterlopers, Donkerland and Elke Skewe Pot.
She was also the presenter of the travel magazine show Swerftyd on kykNET.
She made her South African TV debut in 1980 in Ntinzini Spa, followed by a role in 1983's Kooperasiestories as Gesie, while her two longest-running drama appearances were for characters like Toeks Joubert in kykNET's Afrikaans soaps Binnelanders as well as Getroud met Rugby.
Her last dramatic TV show appearances were in an episode of the kykNET mockumentary series Hotel and in the anthology series Spoorloos 3, both in 2021, and she appeared in the made-for-TV movie Boetie Ontmoet 'n Alien on kykNET in July.
Franci Swanepoel produced shows like 10 uit 10 and Jan se Karretjie for kykNET and the documentaries Ko lat ons Fees, Hanna se Krismis and Krismis in die Klein Karoo, and did extensive dubbing work for television while also doing voice work for numerous radio TV dramas since the age of five in 1976.
She also appeared as one of the narrators in kykNET's documentary series about the history of South African television, Oppi Kassie.
In theatre Franci Swanepoel appeared on stage in Car Cemetary, P.M. Slet se Kabaret, Sneeuwitjie en die Sewe Dwergies, Women Behind Bars, Liewe Heksie, Ipekonders, Die Renoster, Die Vampier, Lappies die Lappiesmous, Pinnochio, Junkiedrome, 2002's Siener in die Suburbs, Staal Burger, Aantrekkingskrag, Janneman and 2012's Boksballade, and was on stage opposite Sandra Prinsloo in Soebatsfontein at Innibosfees in 2018.