Carte Blanche (TV series)

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Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche (TV series) logo from 2010.jpg
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 release 1988

Carte Blanche is a South African investigative journalism television series that airs on M-Net during prime time viewing on Sunday nights, currently at 19:00. It was launched in 1988[1] and has since earned credibility amongst South African viewers for its investigation into corruption, consumer issues and current events. The series also has received numerous awards.


Carte Blanche began its broadcast in 1988, anchored by Derek Watts and Ruda Landman. Landman left the show in 2007; the same year Bongani Bingwa became a presenter.

In January 2010, two spinoff series, namely Carte Blanche Medical and Carte Blanche Consumer, were launched. Carte Blanche Medical premiered on 18 January 2010 and was anchored by Bongani Bingwa, while Carte Blanche Consumer, premiering on 24 January 2010, was anchored by Devi Sankaree Govender. Both series, which ran for four seasons, were cancelled in 2011. Shortly thereafter, on 24 January 2011, Carte Blanche Extra launched, but was axed after only airing 10 episodes.[2]

To celebrate 25 years on air on 1 September 2013, Carte Blanche broadcast from the Telkom Joburg Tower in Hillbrow, closed to the public in 1981 during a state of emergency.[3] 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.

A Carte Blanche channel featuring coverage of the Trial of Oscar Pistorius was launched on DStv on 2 March.[4]


  • Derek Watts (1988–)
  • Ruda Landman (1988–2007)
  • Devi Sankaree Govender (2002–)
  • John Webb (2004–)
  • Bongani Bingwa (2007–)
  • Claire Mawisa (2015–)

Charity work[edit]

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.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Carte Blanche: About". Official Website. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "M-Net's signal split: The details". 2011-03-28. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Carte Blanche goes sky high for 25th bday". 2013-08-30. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "DStv starting an Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel". 2014-01-29. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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