Carte Blanche (TV series)

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Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche Logo 2016.jpg
Carte Blanche Logo 2016
Presented by Derek Watts
Devi Sankaree-Govender
Bongani Bingwa
John Webb
Claire Mawisa
Country of origin South Africa
Production
Producer(s) Combined Artists
Release
Original network M-Net
Picture format 16:9
Original release 1988
External links
Website

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.

History[edit]

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 2014.[4]

Presenters[edit]

  • Derek Watts (1988-)
  • Devi Sankaree Govender (2002-)
  • Bongani Bingwa (2007-)
  • John Webb (2004–)
  • Claire Mawisa (2015-)
  • Ruda Landman (1998-2007)

Carte Blanche 'Making A Difference' Trust[edit]

To celebrate 20 years on air in 2008, Carte Blanche launched the “Making a Difference” Trust [5] 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, East London, Sebokeng and Durban. The tenth hospital currently being assisted is Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.

Apart from several infrastructural upgrades at two child welfare organisations, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has in previous years supported feeding schemes and assisted 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.

Recent awards[edit]

Producer Story Award
Joy Summers Living Off The Grid 2015 SAB Environmentalist & Environmental Journalists of the Year Award - Merit in Broadcast Category
Joy Summers & Tony Beamish Ronald Bobroff 2015 Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Award: Winner - TV Category
Michael Duffett Week 7: Dewani Trial 2015 Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Award: Runner-Up - TV Category
Joy Summers Bobroff's Fall From Grace 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year - Feature Winner
Sasha Schwendenwein Wild Animals as Pets (Part 1 & Part 2) 2016 Genesis Awards: Brigitte Bardot International Award - Best International News Magazine
Kate Berry Driven Hunt (Part 1 & Part 2) 2016 Genesis Awards: Brigitte Bardot International Award - Best International News Magazine
Bernadette Maguire Canned Lion / North West Rare Game Empowerment 2016 Genesis Awards: Brigitte Bardot International Award - Best International News Magazine
Michael Duffet Faroe Islands Whale Slaughter 2016 Genesis Awards: Brigitte Bardot International Award - Best International News Magazine
Phillip Hattingh & Karl Amman Tiger Bones 2016 Genesis Awards: Brigitte Bardot International Award - Best International News Magazine
Diana Lucas Melanoma Breakthrough 2016 Discovery Health Journalism Award - Best Television Health Journalism

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carte Blanche: About". Official Website. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "M-Net's signal split: The details". channel24.co.za. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Carte Blanche goes sky high for 25th bday". channel24.co.za. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "DStv starting an Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel". channel24.co.za. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Carte Blanche MAD Trust". 

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