Cape Town – SABC3 has had no choice but to pull the scheduled next season of The Amazing Race from the channel's programming line-up indefinitely, doing so on Monday after it failed to acquire the actual broadcasting material.
The 25th season of The Amazing Race was supposed to start last week Monday as advertised by the SABC, but it didn’t and caused viewer outrage. (Read more here)
The reality show also didn't materialise this week Monday on the SABC's only commercial TV channel since SABC3 literally has nothing in its playout stack of the show from the foreign distributor Disney Media Distribution (DMD) to show.
SABC3 had no choice but to postpone the show indefinitely, with no new starting date for The Amazing Race announced. According to sources, The Amazing Race tapes didn't arrive from overseas at the SABC’s programme acceptance division. Zandile Nkonyeni, SABC TV head publicist, didn’t respond to a media enquiry about the show’s no-show and the reason for the delay.
According to SABC3 The Amazing Race is being replaced by rebroadcasts in prime time of the third season of the local travel magazine show, Top Travel.
Top Travel will be broadcast indefinitely for the next couple of weeks. According to the SABC the South African public broadcaster "will advise of a new broadcast date for The Amazing Race in due course".