SABC On 7de Laan and Muvhango: We Are Not Pulling The Plug
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has assured viewers that scaling down on SABC 2’s 7de Laan and Muvhango weekly schedule doesn’t mean that they are cancelling the soapies.
A few days ago SABC announced that it will be limiting the airing of 7de Laan and Muvhango to only three days per week instead of five.
“We do take the views of our audiences into consideration when taking these types of decisions. Viewers will definitely not lose 7de Laan and Muvhango as it will still broadcast from Monday to Wednesday,” said SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo.
In addition, Seapolelo said cutting down on the airing days was to pave way for other vernacular soapies which include Die Sentrum and Giyani…
“the decision was made to allow a multitude of South African voices and cultures to have a place on SABC 2. We are confident that this new telenovela will be a drawcard and will, keep the channel’s loyal soapies’ viewers entertained for the remainder of the week.”
The episode cutback comes as the financially struggling public broadcaster battles a retrenchment process which could see 303 SABC employees losing their jobs.
Prior to today’s recent developments, viewers had launched an online petition against the scaling down of the episodes.
More so, the public broadcaster said it noted the petition but was confident audiences would enjoy its new telenovela Die Sentrum on the two days 7de Laan would no longer air, while Tsonga series Giyani would fill the open slots left by Muvhango.
It’s yet to be seen what impact this would have on the soapies, as well as its cast and crew who may have to endure a production budget cut.
Source – EWN