The SABC has canned several international shows as part of its 80% local content decision, including the day-time talk show Dr Phil, in its bid to grow the local television industry.
Today the state owned-organisation announced that it would be introducing a number of local shows to replace foreign content. The show that focused on Dr Phillip C McGraw’s 25 years of experience in psychology and helped people deal with their day-to-day issues will be replaced by repeats of Healing Power of Nature on Mondays, repeats of Gospel Classics on Tuesdays, a new series called Shorelines on Wednesdays, and repeats of Afro Café on Friday.
The new changes will take effect on July 4. According to SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng the move indicates a need to meet audiences’ needs.
“As an organisation we are moving towards an era of great transformation in terms of programming, where all these changes are aimed at placing our audience’s needs and wants.”
In addition to Dr Phil being canned from SABC2’s line-up, a number of other significant changes have been made to the channel, including, 7de Laan’s new time slot of 7pm. The show has been one of the most successful on the channel with in excess of 2 million viewers in the ratings. The 6.30pm slot will be taken over by Sesotho news while the Afrikaans news will air at 7.30pm.
SABC3 will now offer 80% local content and introduce myriad new shows, including new talk shows Tween Talk Live and Larger than Life hosted by comedian Jason Goliath. Trevor Gumbi will also get his own show Sober Companion while radio personality Anele Mdoda has landed her own talk show, Real Talk, which will compete with her radio show that airs at 4pm daily, the same time as her show on Primedia radio station 947. Another radio DJ to get his own show will be Phat Joe, who will host alongside Khanyi Mbau in The Weekend Edition, which will air from July 9 from 6am-9am.
“The SABC firmly believes in delivering on its mandate to promote local content and this decision to increase the local quota on television will not only yield an increased audience share, but will further contribute to the South African public being proud of its local content,” added Motsoeneng.
Popular foreign shows – the few that survived the chop – such as The Mentalist and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will air at 10.30pm on SABC 3.
For all the changes, see the full new schedule as provided by the SABC below.