SABC3 making wholesale changes after losing 'Top Billing' and 'Isidingo'

Lindani Nkosi as Lincoln Sibeko in 'Isidingo'. (Photo: Facebook/Isidingo)
Lindani Nkosi as Lincoln Sibeko in 'Isidingo'. (Photo: Facebook/Isidingo)

Cape Town – In just two months, SABC3 has lost two of its flagships shows.

In October the channel cancelled the long-running lifestyle show Top Billing, and on Friday they announced that after 21 years the soapie, Isidingo will air its final episode in March 2020.

READ MORE: SABC no longer seeing the need - 'Isidingo' axed after 21 years

On Wednesday the SABC's only commercial channel released a statement in which it addressed the changes.

In the statement, the channel said that it has embarked on a process to review its overall performance, programming investments and explained that the recent channel changes are part of the review.

"This review is in line with the channel adapting to the current changes in the media landscape and the increase in audience and revenue performance targets.

"This review exercise is being undertaken in line with the SABC3's turnaround plan, with the intention to deliver and become a competitive and commercially viable public, commercial service platform, through compelling and relevant content.

"The channel will provide local producers more opportunities as we celebrate being locally relevant and globally present", read the statement. 

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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