Carte Blanche (TV series)

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Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche (TV series) logo from 2010.jpg
Format Investigative journalism
Presented by Derek Watts
Bongani Bingwa
Devi Sankaree Govender
Country of origin South Africa
Producer(s) Combined Artists
Original channel M-Net
Picture format 16:9
Original airing 1988

Carte Blanche, produced by Combined Artistic Productions, is the flagship magazine and actuality programme on M-Net, a pay-TV channel broadcasting in Southern Africa. Carte Blanche was launched in 1988 and broadcasts during prime time viewing on Sunday evenings.

To celebrate 25 years on air on 1 September 2013, Carte Blanche broadcast from the Telkom Jo’burg Tower in Hillbrow, closed to the public in 1981 during a state of emergency. A book “Carte Blanche 25: The Stories Behind the Stories” was published, looking at memorable moments behind the scenes of South Africa’s longest running current affairs show.

To celebrate 20 years on air in 2008, Carte Blanche launched the “Making a Difference” Trust to raise funds for specialised paediatric units in selected state hospitals and several welfare organisations across South Africa.

The Trust has undertaken major paediatric ward revitalisation and capital building projects around the country - at two sites in Johannesburg, two in Pretoria, one each in Bloemfontein, Kimberly and Durban. The eighth is currently being finalised at Frere Hospital in East London.

Apart from several infrastructural upgrades at two child welfare organisations, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has undertaken to support feeding schemes and assists in providing food parcels and managing supplies at Inchanga in KZN and Johannesburg Child Welfare and Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centres in greater Johannesburg and at Hartebeespoort Dam in the North-West province.

The show consistently enjoys a local viewership of about 600 000 people every week.

Carte Blanche has developed a high degree of credibility in South African television journalism and has been awarded over 160 local and international awards.

Stories have included investigations that changed legislation like: Elder Abuse and the Tuli Elephants; exposes into mining, tender fraud, and corruption at the highest level.

Ruda Landman and Derek Watts have anchored the programme since its first broadcast and were the longest-running anchors on South African television. Landman hung up her microphone on 24 June 2007 and the show is now anchored by Watts and Bongani Bingwa on alternate Sundays.

Carte Blanche Extra[edit]

Carte Blanche Extra launched on 24 January 2011.[1]

Carte Blanche Medical[edit]

Carte Blanche launched Carte Blanche Medical on 18 January 2010, anchored by Bongani Bingwa. The 30-minute show airs in primetime viewing at 7pm every Monday. The show, which ran for four seasons, was replaced by Carte Blanche Extra on 24 January 2011.

Carte Blanche Medical strives to enlighten and empower viewers about medical and health-related issues.

The series throws the spotlight on trailblazing medical breakthroughs, both from South Africa and abroad, and delves deeper into the viewpoints of experts regarding new ways of treating medical and related conditions.

The first two stories that were broadcast were on Baby Hope, thought to be South Africa's smallest premature-born baby at 390g, and Tasting the light, a story about a device that helps blind people see.

Carte Blanche Consumer[edit]

Carte Blanche launched Carte Blanche Consumer on 21 January 2010, anchored by Devi Sankaree Govender. The 30-minute show airs in primetime viewing at 7pm every Thursday. The show, which ran for four seasons, was not recommissioned for 2011.

Carte Blanche Consumer is a South African current affairs television series produced by Combined Artists for M-Net as a spin-off of Carte Blanche, which assumes the role of a consumer rights watchdog that demands accountability and exposes hidden agendas.

It’s a show that aims to not just entertain, but also educate and inform viewers about their rights as South African consumers.

Carte Blanche Africa[edit]

Carte Blanche Africa broadcasts to 45 countries in Africa. Broadcasts, which began in 1994, were suspended at the beginning of 2008.

Carte Blanche Interactive[edit]

Carte Blanche Interactive is a more recent addition, providing internet, telephony, email and interactive television.

In September 2003, 5 Feb., an enhanced information service was added for viewers on the digital satellite platform. This allows viewers to get extra information on topics discussed in the show while they are watching. On the web, the digital story library extends to May 1999.

Carte Blanche Interactive provides interactive services such as live web chat, interactive guides, polls and discussion forums. It also serves South Africans living in other countries around the world, as well as foreigners interested in South African issue.

Carte Blanche Interactive, under the handle carteblanchetv,[2][3][4] also manages the social media aspects of the programme.


Carte Blanche has to date:"Carte Blanche Interactive". 

Recent Awards[edit]

Producer Story Award
Joy Summers DDT Pesticide SAB 2010 Environmentalist and Environmental Journalists of the Year Award - Merit (Broadcast category)
Sophia Phirippides and Jonathan H. Pienaar Retirement Annuities 2006 Citadel Words on Money Award. Sophia Phirippides and Jonathan H. Pienaar are Carte Blanche producers who have won several national and international awards over the years, including two CNN Awards. Their most recent award was the 2011 Citadel - Consumer Education Award.
Sophia Phirippides and Jonathan H. Pienaar Kamp Staaldraad 2003 CNN African Journalist of the Year Winner in the sport category. Sophia Phirippides and Jonathan H. Pienaar are Carte Blanche producers who have won several national and international awards over the years, including two CNN Awards. Their most recent award was the 2011 Citadel - Consumer Education Award.
Eugene Botha Lotz Murder SAFTA - Best News & Actuality Programme
George Mazarakis and Karolina Andropoulos Carte Blanche Making A Difference Trust Support of Philanthropy in the Media: 4th Annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards
Odette Schwegler and Nicola de Chaud In sheep's clothing Taco Kuiper - Award for investigative Journalism AND CNN African Journalist Awards - Runners up (Television Category)
Joy Summers Water in the works Vodacom Journalist of the Year - National winner (TV Feature) AND Joint Winner, Health Category - Siemens Profile Awards for Excellence in Scientific Journalism
Michael Duffet Debt Admin Citadel - Breaking news electronic award

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