Public broadcaster SABC has issued a statement saying that it will no longer broadcast the locally produced reality show, SA’s Top Model Search.
The statement reads:
“As a television brand that prides itself in entertainment and integrity, the matter of the registration fee for entering this search comprised the channel’s belief in free and universal access. In light of this SABC3 requested that the producers forfeit the fee as this is not in line with SABC’s policies. The producers agreed to cancel the registration fee, and undertook to find more sponsorship for the project in order to ensure its success. However, after unsuccessful attempts to secure sponsors, the producers advised channel that they were unable to secure sponsors and asked to cancel the project altogether. As a result the show, which was to be produced by New Vision Pictures, will no longer be aired on SABC3.
“The team of New Vision Pictures has undertaken to refund all the entrants who have paid their registration fees. Anyone who has paid a registration fee can contact Leon Baasden of New Vision Pictures on 079 532 8798, or e-mail him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
“However, SABC3 takes responsibility for its programme offering as the show had been scheduled to start broadcast in mid February. The channel would like to thank all those who showed interest in the programme – this includes the media, viewers and entrants. SABC3 will also like to apologise to all our loyal viewers and media specialists.”