Cape Town – The SABC once again left viewers shocked and angry after SABC3 on Monday night turned what was supposed to be the start of the new The Amazing Race into amazing grace when the reality show failed to start and viewers were abruptly shown a gospel music programme due to non-delivery of the series from the overseas distributor.
Last night's scheduled start of the 25th season of The Amazing Race was supposed to mark first time that SABC3 would be showing both Survivor and The Amazing Race concurrently on the channel, instead of alternating the hit American reality TV shows.
SABC3 viewers were however left flabbergasted when instead of the advertised, scheduled and promoted The Amazing Race, SABC3 suddenly showed an unscheduled gospel music programme at 19:30 in the middle of prime time on the SABC's only commercial TV channel.
The SABC promoted The Amazing Race on Monday in early prime time and on social media but failed to tell viewers what is going on when The Amazing Race didn't start, resulting in flummoxed SABC3 viewers tuning out and away to TV fare on other channels.
According to SABC sources, the public broadcaster on Friday discovered that the season's tapes didn't arrive from the foreign distributor Disney Media Distribution (DMD).
The SABC will decide today or tomorrow whether to push The Amazing Race out or not.
Zandile Nkonyeni, head publicist for SABC TV channels, didn't respond to Channel24’s media enquiry on Tuesday morning about The Amazing Race no-show, why the show didn't start, when viewers can expect to see the show and what the SABC wants to communicate to its viewers.
On Monday SABC viewers vented as SABC3 again did a silent night and left viewers in the dark about unexplained programming changes.
"Where is Amazing Race?" asked Mr Dee. "You just change your line-up and don't inform us."
@SABC3 where Is amazing race?You just change your line up and don’t inform us views?— Mr Dee! (@derailed_gp) September 25, 2017
Marcus Danzel said "No Amazing Race. No explanation? No nothing?" while Humaira Rangiah said "Sou Sunday was yesterday".
#sabc3 No Amazing Race? No explanation? No nothing? Yerr— Marcus Danzel (@KLEEBO1) September 25, 2017