PODCAST | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 6): South Africa

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In this limited series hosted by Crushing On's Caryn Welby-Solomon, we explore TV from around the world.

In the sixth and final episode, we return home to discuss South African television's multifaceted world.

Television was first introduced in South Africa in 1976, with one channel, with airtime divided equally between Afrikaans and English. After the dismantling of Apartheid, the new SABC decreased the amount of Afrikaans content from 50% to 15% leaving space for content from other South African languages and groups.

In 1986, the subscription-based service M-Net was launched, revolutionising the face of South African television forever. In 2016, the channel celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The introduction of satellite television such as DStv and Openview and streaming services like Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime have opened up opportunities for filmmakers in South Africa to produce a range of content that appeals to everyone and take our content to international screens.

Welby-Solomon is joined by social media personality and content creator Thulane 'Toolz' Hadebe to discuss the changes in the local television industry, what's worth watching, what you should skip and much more.


LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 1): South Korea

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 2): Turkey

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 3): Latin America

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 4): India

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 5): Nigeria

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