Real Talk TO BE CANNED?
Public broadcaster might not be renewing talkshow’s contract
TODATE NOTHING HAS BEEN FINALISED
AT the end of September there were rumours that Real Talk, a talkshow on SABC 3, will be cancelled. The Real Talk contract that was meant to end in October will be extended till March next year but will not be renewed thereafter. The news comes as a shock to many as the show was loved by many viewers. The reason for dropping the show is rumoured to be associated with the financial woes that the SABC is facing. However, SABC’s head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, Neo Momodu, says nothing has been finalised.
NO MORE REAL TALK
Real Talk came on to our screens in 2015, then called Real Talk with Anele. It was presented by TV and radio personality Anele Mdoda. The show is now presented by Azania Mosaka.
The news came through socialite, Philip Mpela, on social media.
His post read, “Breaking news: Real Talk is getting cancelled. I can exclusively reveal SABC 3 will not be renewing the contract of Real Talk for another season. The show’s current season will end in October but the channel will extend the contract to March 2019.”
Move! contacted Neo, who sang a different tune. She said nothing has been finalised as yet. “The SABC TV division is currently in its annual strategic review and planning cycle.
While there may be a myriad of ideas and proposals on the table for all programming based on their current and future expected performance, to date nothing has been finalised. The strategies are currently undergoing internal approval processes,” says Neo.
BIG CHANGES ON THE SHOW
This year the show came with big changes, one of which include a transforming the set to a new, youthful and modern space. Another big change was the announcement of Anele’s unexpected resignation from the show in June this year.
Anele claimed her departure was to focus on her career ambitions. Many thought her resignation could have been associated with the news that came out claiming former social development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, paid R500 000 to be interviewed on the show, which ultimately affected the show’s viewership.
Vibrant Azania took over the show in the middle of June this year. Azania was already familiar with the show as she used to filling in for Anele when she was unable to shoot. On her first episode, Azania came with a bang. Her first guest was media queen, Bonang Matheba. It is alleged that Anele and Bonang do not see eye-to-eye hence Queen B was never invited onto the show when Anele was still the host. Anele, however, rubbished the rumours.
On the show, Azania has interviewed some popular celebrities, including DJ Zinhle, Robert Marawa and Mshoza. She has also interviewed R ’n B artists such as Kenny Lattimore and Anthony Hamilton.
Catch Real Talk on 3 on SABC 3 on weekdays at 6pm.