TV and radio presenter Pearl Modiadie put on ice, SABC freezes her show Zaziwa


TV and radio presenter Pearl Modiadie might be pulled off screen. This comes as the SABC is said to be battling to keep her show on air.

The news comes after it emerged the public broadcaster had allegedly instructed Thabo Mphela Films to ice the shooting of Zaziwa until it has found a solution to its financial crisis.

According to insiders, it’s unclear if the SABC1 talk show will make a comeback.

Said an informant: “The team that works on Zaziwa has been off since September. It’s really frustrating for the workers because as they sit at home, there’s no money coming in month-end and they have bills to pay.”

Thabo Mphela from Thabo Mphela Films refused to comment and referred queries to the SABC.

SABC spokeswoman Neo Momodu neither confirmed nor denied the allegations about Zaziwa. Insisted Neo: “The new season was recommissioned and produced by the production house. The final product has since been delivered to the SABC. The contract between the SABC and the production house came to an end once the final product was delivered to the SABC.

"Pearl is not contracted to the SABC, but to the production company. With regards to this production, we therefore can’t comment. As per the norm, the SABC will communicate any programming changes, if and when they take place.”

Another source said Zaziwa might begin shooting a new season in the next three weeks.

Speculated the mole: “But this will depend on whether the SABC manages to convince Treasury to give them a bailout. This situation isn’t only affecting Zaziwa. There are many other production houses facing similar challenges.”

The third source said Zaziwa was going nowhere.

“If the SABC gets funding from Treasury, Pearl has a contract to abide by. This isn’t a good time for all of us, but we hope a solution will soon be found.”

Pearl said: “I don’t know anything about me leaving the show. I can’t comment on the schedules and about the programme, speak to the SABC.”

– Sunday Sun

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