Major overhaul for SABC talent expected
A shake-up is looming (Instagram)
Johannesburg - Over the next few weeks the entertainment industry is set to undergo its annual shake-up, which could see many personalities getting the chop and shows being canned. The SABC comes under the spotlight every year, as it is during this time that contracts are reviewed and renewed.
With the rumour mill showing no signs of slowing down, we take a look at the two strongest contenders for change.
Soccerzone: in or out?
Two weeks ago newspaper reports claimed that Minnie Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo's show, Soccerzone is set to undergo a dramatic facelift, while their fate hangs in the balance. It was reported that both would be getting the axe and because of poor ratings, the SABC was in talks with the production company to see how it could improve ratings.
SABC CEO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was recently on Metro FM speaking to Robert Marawa about the changes. "We need to work together. We need to put together very good content. Everybody needs to contribute and provide feedback." When asked when changes would be implemented, Motsoeneng said that shows change in June, but the broadcaster is speeding up the process, and is hoping that this could come into effect by April. "We need to make sure that the program is more attractive to our audience. I need to assure the staff of the SABC, especially those at Soccerzone, that when we make these changes, we are not making these changes to change people. You can't even remove presenters if you don't know exactly what is the problem. We want to assist the team to be better."
Live Amp to be replaced?
This week Pearl Thusi and DJ Warras found themselves making tabloid headlines, as rumours that they have been replaced as Live Amp hosts surfaced. It's also rumoured that Luthando 'LootLove' Shosha and radio personality Adil More will host a new music show, Urban Music Experience to replace Live Amp.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirmed to The Juice that there are major changes scheduled to take place over the next few weeks across the board.
"At this stage all I can say is that there will be major schedule changes taking place from 8 February across SABC's television channels. The issue of Pearl Thusi being replaced remains a rumour until we make an official announcement, but it is definitely not an isolated issue."
The news of her so-called replacement was further fuelled by a disagreement between herself and SABC management. Pearl was suspended by Metro FM, with Kganyago previously saying it was because of "an issue between herself and management."
Meanwhile, The Juice understands that radio hosts are also in contract negotiations, with insiders telling us there are going to be a few "surprises" in store.