Will it or won’t it? Broadcast of Winnie Modise’s Royalty Soapie Awards uncertain

2014-03-06 12:09

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There is ongoing uncertainty and confusion regarding the Royalty Soapie Awards and whether they will be televised on the SABC.

While the organisers are adamant that the awards show will be shown on television, the SABC says there is no contract and it will not be broadcast on its channels.

After multiple delays, e.tv soaps being pulled from consideration and backstage drama between the organisers – which saw venture partner Lala Tuku back out – the awards were moved from November last year to this month at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The organisers of the awards refuse to say who the judges are.

Now the awards, organised by Generations star Winnie Modise, will finally take place on Saturday in Durban at the same venue as Saturday’s Metro FM Awards, which were shown live on SABC1.

The awards take place on the same date and time as M-Net and MultiChoice’s continental second AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

According to the organisers, the soapie awards, with hosts Michael Mol and Hlomla Dandala, will be screened on SABC1 on Sunday at 8.30pm.

However, City Press has learnt that Dandala was to attend this weekend’s AfricaMagic awards in Nigeria.

Answering a media enquiry yesterday, SABC1 said it would not broadcast the awards and has scheduled the movie, Lake City, to be screened in that time slot.

With three days left for the event and four days for a possible broadcast date, the SABC has said, “We are waiting for the agreement to be finalised between the SABC and the organisers.”

The SABC said a statement would only be made “once the agreement is in place”.

However, a spokesperson for the awards organisers said the event would be shown on SABC1 on Sunday at 8.30pm.

Sindile Xulu, project director of the awards, said the organisers were “thrilled to have the awards show broadcast made accessible to the widest possible audience” on SABC1.

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