Carte Blanche goes sky high for 25th bday

2013-08-30 12:03
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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."

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