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SABC3 messes up Survivor again

2012-04-23 07:28
Cape Town – SABC3 has spoilt Survivor and outraged viewers once again after playing an on-screen "spoiler" promo where the popular contestant Brett Clouser is already seen sitting in the tribal council jury.

The problem is that as far as viewers are concerned - and as SABC3 has shown in the latest episode with just two Mondays still to go – Brett Clouser is still supposedly very much in the show and not a tribal council member.

SABC3 therefore played the wrong future promo too soon and didn't notice the timing problem.
Viewers are outraged. This is the second time that SABC3 has botched Survivor - this time through incorrectly revealing the status of a contestant in the 19th season.

Loyal viewers

In September 2009 SABC3 messed up the order of the episodes for the Survivor China finale which led to massive viewer outrage.

Advertisers and the main sponsor demanded their money back and the final control worker was immediately sent home and later disciplined.

Besides the weekly rebroadcast, SABC3 had to rescreen the finale again in the right order and the issue was even addressed in South Africa's parliament where the massive mistake was lamented as indicative of the worrying state of the public broadcaster.

Now Survivor Samoa on SABC3 is somewhat spoilt for loyal viewers who have invested many hours of watching the show over the past few weeks which is set to broadcast its finale on April 30.

"Thanks a lot SABC3, your new Survivor advert shows contestant Brett Clouser in the jury already. That means we already know who is going to be voted out! You guys suck," wrote Kevin McLennan.

"Really really? Your Survivor finale ad is one week too early...Well done for spoiling 2 Survivor finales for us," wrote Gabi Milne.

"Thanks for ruining Survivor AGAIN," wrote Nicks Andrews.

SABC3 didn't respond to a media enquiry about Survivor made late on Sunday.

Amazing problems

Meanwhile, SABC3 will be following Survivor Samoa immediately with Survivor: Heroes vs Villains.

The public broadcaster is having issues with licensing the broadcasting rights of the next season of The Amazing Race in time to start on May 7 and decided to rather go with more Survivor immediately, without the usual break.

This will be the  first time ever that SABC3 will air Survivor seasons back to back since the channel acquired the show more than a decade ago.

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