The people’s cries have finally been heard and the national broadcaster SABC is allegedly taking extreme measures to rectify the situation.
SABC 1’s Uzalo is skating on thin ice with the broadcaster after losing more than 2.6 million viewers in a short space of time. On social media, viewers’ complaints about the poor storyline has been falling on deaf ears but now, the SABC is taking steps to solve the matter.
Sunday World is reporting that the SABC instructed Uzalo’s team to go back to the drawing board and come with a more interesting storyline or face getting the chop. Their dwindling viewership came as a shock to the top management of the SABC.
Apparently the actors are worried about the future of the telenovela and their jobs but the producers assured them that they will not be jobless.
“We are aware that actors are panicking, thinking that they are about to lose their jobs, but the SABC wants a strong Uzalo that’s able to retain its top spot with creative and topical storylines,” a board member told the publication.
Sunday World can reveal the SABC instructed Uzalo’s producers, Stained Glass, which is owned by former president Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Gugulethu Zuma Ncube and Pepsi Pokane, that they needed to ensure all actors were paid decent salaries, as well as revisit their storyline to regain viewers.
These details were also confirmed by two board members, who said the board felt that the SABC1 soapie was no longer worth the R179 million annual fee being paid by the SABC, indicating that the soapie has lost its plot. “We are aware that actors are panicking, thinking that they are about to lose their jobs.
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