More drama for soap awards
Modise has egg on her face as SABC refuses show
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.
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.