Pub­lic broad­caster might not be re­new­ing talk­show’s con­tract

Move! - - TV WATCH - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba


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.


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.


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.

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