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The TV Snitch- Hlaudi, Metro Awards, Top Travel, Big Brother

Buhle Mbonambi talks the good, bad and interesting on our TVs

The end of Hlaudi Motsoeneng?
Do the Public Protector’s findings against SABC’s acting Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, spell the end for him? On Monday, Thuli Madonsela released a damning report on the goings on at the SABC, which found Motsoeneng guilty of abuse of power, maladministration, and fraud over his qualifications – or lack of them. Motsoeneng lied about having a matric certificate. He interfered in financial and human resources issues at the SABC. His salary increased from R1.5 million to R2.4m, an outrageous 63 percent. 
Such gross mismanagement should not be allowed at a public broadcaster. And then people wonder why the TV industry as a whole is floundering. Viewers are getting substandard productions and if it wasn’t for DStv’s new focus on local productions, we would all still be forced to watch the SABC. Not all shows are bad, but the majority are shoddy and this points to the problems at the SABC. Will the SABC board suspend Motsoeneng?They should. With CEO Lulama Mokhobo having resigned two weeks ago, the SABC is in dire need of rescuing. Again. What a travesty. 

Metro FM Awards On Sunday
Durban will be a hive of activity over the next two weeks, thanks to the Metro FM Music Awards on Saturday and the Royalty Soapie Awards next Saturday. The awards will be screened live on SABC 1 at 8pm. While Metro hasn’t yet announced the host of the event, it will most probably be a drivetime jock: Tbo Touch, Unathi Msengana or Glen Lewis. Metro FM kick off awards season and for the first time, Durban gets to be part of the action. Check the blog for all the categories to vote for on both the Metro and Soapie Awards. 

Top Travel Impresses
I normally don’t bother with SABC 3’s Top Travel, presented by Jeannie D and Janez Vermeiren. I watched the first season and it was good, but after a while I lost interest. 
They kept showing all the places that every other travel show has shown before and even with their constant joie de vivre, I got bored.  While channel surfing last week, I came across the show, featuring the gorillas of Rwanda. After checking, I realised that they were now focusing on African countries and going to all those places on the continent that people ignore. Finally. While the Western and the Eastern countries are amazing to experience, Top Travel’s decision to tour Africa and show their viewers the best that African countries have to offer not only puts them in the league of great travel shows, but Tswelopele Productions could easily sell the show to the Travel Channel or any other international broadcaster . 
Nicely done!

The Big Bother
So Big Brother, or Big Bother as I like to call it, has been back for a few weeks now. 
I’ve been trying to ignore it because the show just irritates me.  I will never understand what’s so cool about watching complete strangers cooped up in a house. What’s so interesting that people devote hours on end, watching people eat, talk, bath and sleep? Is there really a point to it all?  The show made news last week when housemate Mbali Zulu slapped a female housemate, Iris Miya and was expelled from the house. This is not the first time that this has happened. Lerato Sengadi was slapped by Hannington Kuteesa on Big Brother Africa in 2010 and on the 2007 edition of Big Brother Celebrity UK, Shilpa Shetty was racially abused by the late Jade Goody and her friends.  The show just shows how vile human beings are at times – and why anyone finds that interesting, is anyone’s guess. I just hope that the show loses popularity and goes off air. 
Why not do a local version of The Amazing Race and get contestants to race around Africa? Now I would watch that! 

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