Saftas ‘shocked’ by etv’s withdrawal

By Drum Digital
05 March 2012

The South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) committee is ‘shocked’ by etv’s withdrawal in the 2012 Saftas.

“The withdrawal by  e.tv, comes as a shock and surprise as the Saftas committee is not aware of any dissatisfaction regarding e.tv’s participation at the Saftas.

“e.tv’s withdrawal is unfortunate considering that the NFVF (National Film and Video Fund), as the only contributor to the SAFTAs, has done everything in its power to ensure that all the processes are open, transparent and democratic,” said Zama Mkosi, NFVF Chief Executive Officer in a statement.

Apparently the ‘shock’ came after Keshni Rajoo, etv’s Manager for Local Programming issued the Saftas organising committee with a withdrawal letter on Wednesday from this year’s Saftas, expressing her dissatisfaction over the manner in which the Saftas business is conducted.

The letter further states that e.tv will withdraw the channel’s nominated programmes and will not participate in any way at the SAFTAs.

The statement further points out that the channel didn’t voice it’s concerns to the Saftas committee which comprises of the broadcasters, M-Net; e.tv , SABC, distributors, Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro and industry practitioner bodies (Sasfed and IPO).

e.tv earlier today sent a statement that it cannot reveal its reasons for pulling out of the Saftas because they are still in discussions about the issue.

Monde Twala, group head of e.tv channels says “e.tv remains committed to acknowledging the local film and television industry as a whole. It is unfortunate that we have had to withdraw our programming from the SAFTAs but we feel that it is necessary to do so in order to achieve greater organisation cohesion.”

With or without etv the show must go on. The Saftas will take place on the 09th and 10th of March at the Gallagher Estate, Midrand, and will be broadcast on SABC on Sunday 11th of March.

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