SABC ruins Hush Money finale with black screen of death

Written by TVSA Team from the blog SABC1 on 25 Oct 2021
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Dumisani Mbebe stars as Kudufana Dukashe.

The SABC did it to Diamond City in 2019 and now more first run local shows have suffered at the hands of the SABC's amateur and disrespectful bungling of our national TV channels.

An EPIC fail was heaped on viewers on Sunday night (24 October) when SABC1, 2 and 3 went blank for over an hour. 

Reality sing-off Stand Up South Africa was impacted on SABC2 and it killed the Hush Money finale on SABC1, which should have aired at 19h30, but the only thing viewers saw was a black screen with a pathetic dot that kept changing colour and moving. The sound was worse, a throttling high pitched beep.

SABC1 is in such desperate need of successful, original series so this kind of reckless, insulting treatment of something new is a travesty.

Hush Money is a six part miniseries and it's done well for the channel, attracting a viewership of 2,544,931 viewers for its most popular episode in September, with a 25% audience share.

This means that 25% of people who were watching TV at the time were tuned in.

A similar number of people must have been impacted by what happened on Sunday night, if they had electricity of course and weren't forced to watch a candle instead.

Ultimately over two million viewers must have been impacted, which is also a big deal for everyone involved with the show and its advertisers.

This from the series co-creator Siphosethu Tshapu who posted this as it happened:

We've asked the SABC if the finale will air next week and will let you know once we hear.

On a side note, and also undermining of its own content: The SABC1 schedule on the DStv EPG has had African Dreams listed in the Hush Money timelot for the past two weeks but African Dreams only starts once Hush Money ends.

Actors in this post: Dumisani Mbebe

Shows in this post: Hush Money

Channels in this post: SABC1, SABC2, SABC3


25 Oct 2021 13:35

Oh my word!   on the personal front this works in my favour as I forgot to record last night's episode, I have been recording without watching as I want to binge but the show did not have an option of series recording which means one must remember to record each episode. Shocking broadcasting standards though

29 Oct 2021 13:37

That's it Timone... shocking broadcasting standards - well said!! 

According to the SABC, it's going to air this Sunday 31 October. Whether it actually happens or not remains to be seen.

This statement just in...

The SABC experienced technical issues on Sunday 24th October 2021 across all TV channels, affecting the broadcast of some of our shows. 

As a result, the final episode of Hush Money did not flight, therefore the episode will be broadcast this Sunday, 31st October 2021 at 19:30. 

African Dreams moves to Sunday 7th November 2021. African Dreams showcases two wedding planning companies pitted against one another in a Wedding Reality-Competition. 

31 Oct 2021 07:06

Thank you fam!

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