e.tv poaches SA's Got Talent from SABC2

2012-04-16 13:38
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – e.tv has snatched reality show SA's Got Talent away from the SABC2 with a new third season of the reality show set to start on the free-to-air commercial broadcaster in September.

SA's Got Talent is the latest local TV production poached from the public broadcaster, which has scaled back massively on its local TV production budget since the SABC came close to a financial collapse in 2009.

The SABC has previously lost high profile shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Popstars to rival commercial broadcasters.

'Just as popular'

About SA's Got Talent's return, the SABC said the show is "not on the fiscal" for the coming year.

Early on Monday, e.tv issued a press release saying that the broadcaster has secured the show, making no mention that it's been taken over from a rival broadcaster or that it's been on South African television before.

"We are excited that SA's Got Talent will form part of our programme offering," said Monde Twala, e.tv's channel head. "This reality show gives e.tv an opportunity to showcase a large variety of South African talent across a variety of categories."

Trish Kinane, president of Worldwide Entertainment, FremantleMedia, said they're "delighted" that SA's Got Talent will make its debut on e.tv.

"Got Talent has been hugely successful around the globe and we think it has enormous potential in South Africa, given the vast pool of talent in the country. We look forward to seeing what SA's Got Talent will uncover, and I have no doubt the show will be just as popular with e.tv's audiences as it has been worldwide."

New seasons

The third season of SA's Got Talent will be produced by Rapid Blue, which also produced the previous seasons aired on SABC2. It's not clear yet which, if any, of the judges will be returning for the new season.

Insiders told Channel24 that new seasons of reality shows So You Think You Can Dance? and Strictly Come Dancing are also in development. And as with SA's Got Talent now moving to e.tv, it's not clear whether So You Think You Can Dance? and Strictly Come Dancing will continue to air on SABC channels.


Comments

  • portia.chijiri - 2012-04-16 14:32

    I don't see were the problem is in this industry u are in for the big shots so why complain

      tumisho.p.ngobela - 2012-04-16 22:02

      Portia u so flummoxing..as wayne said u ain't making sense.in nature when an animal is critically engandered..there are conservation efforts to save it for instance,lions, thus e.tv deserves a golden award for saving this show from disastrous tacky channels such as sabc 2 (worst channel on earth followed by sabc 0 instead of .1..anyway well done e.tv for reviving a fascinating show

      tumisho.p.ngobela - 2012-04-16 22:02

      Portia u so flummoxing..as wayne said u ain't making sense.in nature when an animal is critically engandered..there are conservation efforts to save it for instance,lions, thus e.tv deserves a golden award for saving this show from disastrous tacky channels such as sabc 2 (worst channel on earth followed by sabc 0 instead of .1..anyway well done e.tv for reviving a fascinating show

  • tamzinlizanne.williams - 2012-05-21 13:41

    When will the 2012 audition take please and PLEASE come to PE dont be like M-NET Idols and leave us out!!! REALLY want to Audition

  • grant.cheeseman.5 - 2012-05-28 06:51

    This is the best news ever. What a show piece of the real talent we have coming up. All generations can compete. this gives us a wide spectrum of all ages and not just to the young. young and those that have lived a bit longer and are held accoutable for this can compete on equal terms. we need the older generation who missed out because of commitments to family etc to come forward and show what they also got. This could open doors for any and everyone wanting to show what they got.

  • Melissa - 2012-06-09 21:29

    hi... ok enough said about e.tv and SABC2. some of us really need to know when and where the auditions are... can yall do that? no disrespect. im from JHB and we would like to show the rest of the country what teenagers who dance hip hop can do...lets doooooooooooooooo this... Bensa

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