2.4 million tuned in for Cruywagen finale

2012-12-01 10:17
Johannesburg - Over 2 million people tuned into SABC 2 to watch veteran Afrikaans television news presenter Riaan Cruywagen read his final bulletin, it was reported on Saturday.

Beeld reported that 2.4m people watched Cruywagen read his final bulletin on Monday night.

This was 700 000 more than the amount of people that watched the news on Friday night and 500 000 more than Tuesday night, according to the South African Advertising Research Foundation.

Professor Arrie de Beer of the University of Stellenbosch's journalism department told the publication he was surprised that more people did not tune in to watch Cruywagen's last bulletin.

"After the big fuss that was made from the last bulletin, a person would think it would be more," he said.

Cruywagen, 67, has been a familiar face on SABC's Afrikaans news programme for the past 37 years.

He worked as a radio announcer for the first 10 years, and read his first TV bulletin on November 26, 1975.
Cruywagen said he served the public to the best of his ability.

He read his last news bulletin 37 years to the day after his TV news debut.


  • renier.lombard.9 - 2012-12-01 10:54

    What a legend!

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-01 11:01

    A legend! Although I do not speak Afrikaans, I always loved Riaan with his wonderful way he used words, his professional approach & mannerism. I too will miss Riaan and hope he is invited to read the News each New Years to bring South Africa in with joy & pride. What a wonderful man. Congratulations Riaan on a superb career :) xx

  • bbooyse - 2012-12-01 11:06

    Riaan is and always will be the MAN! :)

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-01 11:10

    Mr Perfect!

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-12-01 11:27

    Legend, indeed! Impeccable appearance, presentation and pristine pronunciation of the Afrikaans language, especially the vowel sounds unique to the 'taal', are irreplaceable. And unwavering sense of duty to the public too. Professionalism at it's finest!

  • niki.wessels - 2012-12-01 11:37

    I thought the headline meant it cost 2.4 million to see him off. Most taxpayers would be happy to contribute that to see Zuma off.

  • tim.rogers.18 - 2012-12-01 11:38

    What's the big deal? 2.4million out of 50million south Africans? Wow...

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-01 11:44

      And all you can muster is a few thumbs down...

  • mrp721 - 2012-12-01 12:07

    Riaan is a man of integrity... He is well liked and well respected... A man deserving only the best from here on out... Hope he is enjoying his retirement so far :-)

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-12-01 12:13

    Nobody asked me if I watched...

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-01 14:07

    Julle gaan julle ken die man hahaha

  • Brendon Lotter - 2012-12-01 14:13

    Ah, totsiens Oom Riaan, U sal gemis word! Was tog altyd so lekker om die nuus Te hoor in sulke mooi Afrikaans! Dankie!

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-12-02 09:12

    Some say that his wig was made from uranium and that Ron Burgundy prays to him at night... All we know is... His called the Riaan!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-12-02 10:00

    a legend in the making

  • felix.lee.507 - 2012-12-03 20:24

    Now that's one person that really loved his career. Good Luck and all the best on your retirement. TV news will never be the same ....

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-09 11:35

    A true legend and will be missed - his Afrikaans impeccable and learned the language by just listening to him - have a very good retirement!!

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-09 11:36

    I remember when he appeared for the first time "Haasdas en die Nuuskas" 1975 - A very handsome man and impeccable dressed -YOU WILL BE MISSED

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