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SABC3 dumps All My Children

2011-11-17 16:40
Cape Town – SABC3 is immediately dumping the broadcaster's longrunning soap All My Children.

The soap, centred around the fictional people of Pine Valley, concluded its TV run in America in October but SABC3, which is years behind, still has several more seasons available.

The channel has however decided to cancel All My Children which will end at the end of the year and be replaced by The Nate Berkus Show from 2012.

The Nate Berkus Show will start on Monday January 2 in the current 14:00 timeslot where All My Children was moved to since October.

The Nate Berkus Show is the latest spin-off from The Oprah Winfrey Show, with the design guru following in the foosteps of Dr Phil on SABC2 and Dr Oz on SABC3 who all had their start on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

No Expedition Impossible yet

SABC3 didn't immediately respond to media enquiries about the demise of All My Children.

Meanwhile, the broadcaster won't be able to start its new reality show Expedition Impossible on Monday November 21, which was already supposed to start on Monday November 14.

"Although still uncertain at this stage, we will do our utmost best to ensure that the series starts on Monday November 21," said Lefa Afrika, SABC3's programme manager, but SABC3 is struggling with distributors and suppliers because of payment issues.

SABC3, which showed a rebroadcast of Miss World no Monday, will fill this coming Monday's primetime slot with a Michael Flatley music programme.


Could upset All My Children soap fans possibly join South Africa's TV industry which is planning a massive public protest at the SABC next week?

The Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) has called for massive picketing action at the SABC’s Auckland Park headquarters in Johannesburg on November 24, similar to what happened at the broadcaster in 2009. Protesters are asked to wear red and black and "to bring your placards".

The SOS, a massive public pressure and interest group representing the vast majority of South Africa's TV industry and who've called for Dr Ben Ngubane, the SABC chairperson to resign, says "South African citizens demand a public broadcaster that has the resources and strategic leadership to meet the information needs of all South Africans.

"We demand a SABC that holds government and corporate power to account, and provides the information and platforms for discussion vital to the functions of our democracy."

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