- Carte Blanche (TV series)
Carte Blanche is the flagship
magazineand actuality programme on M-Net, a pay-TV channel broadcasting in Southern Africa. Carte Blanche was launched in 1989 and broadcasts during prime time viewing on Sunday evenings. The programme broadcast a special on 21 September 2008 to celebrate 20 years on air. Citation
The show consistently ranks in the top 10 on
M-Netand enjoys a local viewership of about 500 000 people every week.Citation
Carte Blanche has developed a high degree of credibility in
South Africantelevision journalism and has been awarded over 100 local and international awards.Citation
url=http://www.mnet.co.za/Mnet/Shows/carteblanche/Awards.asp However, a recent broadcast has called into question the credibility of the programme due to the inclusion of testimony by psychics, and pseudo-science.Citation
Stories have included investigations into the abuse of the elderly, the South African
Paralympicteam, the traumatic journey of a young anorexiasufferer, the tracking and arrest of high profile criminals, and recently uncovering a scandal at Eskomthat plunged South Africa into darkness. Carte Blanche has also covered the story of a world champion free diver. Ruda Landmanand Derek Wattshave anchored the programme since its first broadcast and were the longest-running anchors on South African television. Landman stepped down from the show on 24 June 2007.
Carte Blanche Africa
Carte Blanche Africa broadcasts to 45 countries in
Africa. Broadcasts were suspended at the beginning of 2008. Unofficially, this was due to political sensitivities.fact|date=October 2008
Carte Blanche Interactive
Carte Blanche Interactive is a more recent addition, providing
internet, telephony, interactive television.
In September 2003 an enhanced information service was added for viewers on the digital satellite platform. This allows viewers to get extra information on topics discussed in the show while they are watching. On the web, the digital story library extends to May 1999.
Carte Blanche Interactive provides interactive services such as live web chat, interactive guides, polls and discussion forums. It also serves South Africans living in other countries around the world, as well as foreigners interested in South African issues.
Carte Blanche has to date:Citation|title=Carte Blanche Interactive |url=http://www.carteblanche.co.za/about/cbl_about_iTVStats.asp
*Done 2680 stories (over 830 Carte Blanche Domestic broadcasts, 592 Carte Blanche Africa broadcasts)
*Won over 100 awards
*interviewed 19 600 people
* visited 55 countries
*travelled 4 million kilometres
* Shot 9 million metres of footage
*200 people creating the show every week
*had 4000 questions put to experts in online chats
M-Net Literary Awards
* [http://www.carteblanche.co.za Carte Blanche] official website
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