Carte Blanche goes sky high for 25th bday

2013-08-30 12:03
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – A not to be missed South African television event is happening on Sunday at 19:00 when Carte Blanche on M-Net will be celebrating its monumental 25th anniversary with a special episode broadcasting from atop the tallest structure in all of Africa: 269 stories high at the top of the Hillbrow Towers.

Viewers will also see Ruda Landman again, the longtime co-anchor next to Derek Watts, who left the show in June 2007.

Carte Blanche, M-Net's acclaimed and longrunning weekly investigative magazine show produced by Combined Artistic Productions, is having its silver anniversary and will unveil its new transparent glass on-air look on Sunday in keeping with its motto of "the right to see it all".

The show says the plan is to include Ruda Landman, but isn’t confirming in what capacity. Asked who will be anchoring the special episode, the show says "there will be more than one anchor".

On Sunday Carte Blanche will be presented from the top of the Telkom Johannesburg Tower which has been closed for the public for the past 30 years since 1981.

'We have a remarkable team'

Carte Blanche will also officially unveil the book Carte Blanche 25 Years – The Stories Behind the Stories from Carte Blanche super producer Jessica Pitchford. There’s been no answer as to when the plan for a book came about and what kind of stories people will be able to find within the pages.

Besides the historic 25th anniversary broadcast during which viewers will meet some of the show's top investigative journalists, the show will remember highlights, give away a car, and 25 copies of the book.

Many aspects of South African life have come and gone over the past 25 years, "but not Carte Blanche" says the show.

Carte Blanche has perennially remained the number one show on M-Net as far as viewership is concerned (sometimes jumping to number two when Franz Marx produced soap Egoli was still on), constantly claiming the top spot week after week on the list of M-Net's top ten most watched TV programmes.

"We have a remarkable team," says longtime Carte Blanche executive producer George Mazaraksi. "Together they have won 162 awards, influenced government, changed laws and sparked popular debate. In a fight, these are the people I would want to have on my side."


  • Philip Schalkwyk - 2013-08-30 12:23

    Great. They should do an investigation and air SASOL and how they are screwing us motorists.

  • Karlheinz von Bentheim - 2013-08-30 12:30

    It is not the tallest structure in Africa. There are a number of Eskom smoke stacks over 275m.

      Clinton Badenhorst - 2013-08-30 12:39

      Thats also not 269 stories high... Its 269 meters. Poor reporting!

  • Dexter Tangocci - 2013-08-30 12:39

    269 stories high?

      Walter Milsom - 2013-08-31 08:20

      Sounds like a tall story to me.!!

  • Sandra Rennie - 2013-08-30 12:44

    Carte Blanche is one of my favourite programmes, but I will have to skip this one. I do not under any circumstances want to see Ruda Landman's face ever again. Go away !!!

  • Carl - 2013-08-30 13:07

    Very bad reporting indeed! It's 90 stories, 269 m

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-30 14:24

    Personally I would have rather seen them give a day to remember to poor children. But then I don't have an ego to polish.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-08-30 14:41

      Isn't it George Mazarakis ? and not Mazaraksi ! The producer isn't Polish is he ?

  • Geo Louw - 2013-08-30 21:58

    It is with interest that I have read all the accolades posted for Carte Blance. My experience about them is quite different. In 1995 the SAB stole the businesses of six of their distributors. I went to George Masarakis of Carte Blanche and gave him all the information he needed to expose them but he fell to the highest bidder even though he promissed to expose them. The only people that was wiling to stand up against the SAB was Noseweek and you can read the story in Noseweek of Feb 2001, June 2001 and Marc 2003 where Norman Adamy of the SAB is called a scoundrel. I am old now but wish that, in my time we had this kind of forum, then maybe we could have prevented the SAB from stealing these businesses and Carte Blanche might have exposed the truth. Worst of it is that three of the distrubutors whose businesses was stolen was black and SAB said that their businesses failed because of BEE going wrong. Read the story and decide. So , friends, before you give acolades to Carte Blance, please remember this story because Carte Blanche gives you the news they want you to hear wheras people like Noseweek gives you the news you are not supposed to hear.

  • Jean-Luc Stanic - 2013-08-31 16:57

    It's not Mazaraksi, it's Mazarakis !Is this channel owned by the Guptas ?

  • FUZZY - 2013-09-01 16:26

    I don't even look at Carte Blanche.There is far more interesting things to watch on DSTV

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