More drama for soap awards

Modise has egg on her face as SABC re­fuses show

Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI and SOMAYA STOCKENSTROOM

GEN­ER­A­TIONS ac­tress Win­nie Modise suf­fered huge em­bar­rass­ment when the SABC re­jected her re­quest for a live broad­cast of her in­au­gu­ral Royalty Soapie Awards.

Two in­de­pen­dent sources say that dur­ing a heated meet­ing at the SABC head­quar­ters in Auck­land Park, the pub­lic broad­caster ’ s bosses sneered at Modise’s pro­posal af­ter she failed to con­vince them that they should show the event live.

This flies in the face of claims by her pub­lic re­la­tions com­pany, To­tal Ex­po­sure, that the event was go­ing to be flighted live from the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on SABC1 at 8.30pm yes­ter­day.

Sun­day World has learnt that Modise was al­most re­duced to tears when the bosses asked her to ex­plain why they should broad­cast the awards cer­e­mony live, be­cause they were not in­volved in pro­duc­tion.

They also asked her why they should do this, see­ing that the event was go­ing to be held for the first time and they did not flight the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards in the first 10 years of its ex­is­tence.

“Metro FM have been there for 10 years and they have not been broad­cast live be­cause we wanted them to make sure that qual­i­ty­wise they meet our stan­dards.

“We have only broad­casted them thrice live be­cause they are our own and we were in­volved in their pro­duc­tion,” says an SABC of­fi­cial who does not want to be named as he is not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia about the mat­ter.

“It was go­ing to be risky to broad­cast these ones be­cause we are not sure of their broad­cast qual­ity. ”

The of­fi­cial says Modise couldn’t con­vince them that the au­dit­ing process was cred­i­ble and that the nom­i­nees would at­tend the event.

“If the pub­lic is not sat­is­fied and start at­tack­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of the nom­i­na­tion process, we would also be at­tacked and seen to be part of them,” says the of­fi­cial.

The of­fi­cial says they were not sat­is­fied with Modise’s ex­pla­na­tion when they asked her to dif­fer­en­ti­ate her awards from the South African Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards.

An­other source con­firms that the SABC re­fused to broad­cast the event.

“They have can­celled flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion for their staff mem­bers who were go­ing to the event.

“I feel so sorry for her. It is so bad,” says the source.

The source says Modise was told to record the event and send the tapes to the SABC so that they could as­sess whether the event could be showed later.

Now Modise has to ex­plain to spon­sors as she sold the con­cept to them with the view of a live broad­cast.

Modise con­firms that the awards were not broad­cast live be­cause of lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems on her side.

“In fact, they were never go­ing to be broad­cast live, but the fol­low­ing day.

“We have a let­ter of agree­ment from them [SABC] that they would be part of the event, but they changed their minds be­cause cer­tain things were con­firmed at the last minute.

“People just want to at­tack me be­cause they don’t be­lieve that a black woman can or­gan­ise a suc­cess­ful event,” says Modise.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago con­firmed on Fri­day af­ter­noon that the awards would not be broad­cast live.

“They will be recorded and the broad­cast date will be com­mu­ni­cated at a later stage,” he said.

De­spite the hur­dles leading up to the night, the event did take place with Hlomla Dan­dala and Michael Mol as the dash­ing hosts.

Pic­tures : Mohau Mofokeng and Alan Ea­son

THE SHOW WILL NOT GO ON : Win­nie Modise, left, feels vic­timised; Top Billing pre­sen­ter Moc­a­hel Mol co-hosted the in­au­gu­ral Royalty Soapie Awards with Hlomla Dan­dala last night.

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