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The End Of An Era

Top Billing says goodbye after 27 years on-air

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to officially announce that SABC 3 programme ‘Top Billing’ will be airing its final episode on Saturday, 19 October 2019.

The series has continuously brought viewers a taste of the good life by showcasing some of South Africa’s grandest homes, explored a magnitude of breath-taking countries, brought South Africans closer to some of the biggest stars around the world, hung out with our local celebrities and witnessed many of them say ‘I Do’.

 

Mr David Makubyane, Acting Group Executive: Television stated “Top Billing has been one of SABC 3’s flagship programmes for over two decades. It has been a legacy title and from its introduction and within the first decade of its lifespan, set the benchmark for lifestyle magazine programming. Through it, the SABC pioneered entertainment television in South Africa in the early stages of our democracy and consciously put a different face and perspective to the South African narrative and perception. “

He further commented that “we would like to thank Tswelopele Productions for their commitment and dedication in producing a world-class property as well as our viewers and stakeholders for their loyalty throughout the years.”

 

Ms Basetsana Kumalo, producer and co -owner of Tswelopele Productions with Ms Patience Stevens stated “this show exemplifies excellence and sophistication in arts, design, décor, fashion and broadcasting, creating countless jobs and building careers in its many years on air. It has been quite a ride and it is fitting that after 25 years we salute this season as our final one. We’ve enjoyed many accolades with Top Billing - including a SAFTA award in the Best Magazine Show category. We trust the show has served audiences by inspiring them to dream big, embrace their inner creative genius, and dare to live the life they deserve.”

 

SABC 3’s Top Billing subsequently became instrumental in launching the careers of A-list presenters such as D. Michael Mol, Ursual Chikane, Jeannie D., Tumisho Masha, Michelle Garforth, Janez Vermeiren, Lorna Maseko and the late Simba Mhere. Ursula made her debut on the show the same year as Bassie and added such a bubbly flair to the show. Dr. 

 

SABC 3’s Top Billing subsequently became instrumental in launching the careers of A-list presenters such as Dr. Michael Mol, Urshula Chikane, Jeannie D, Tumisho Masha, Janez Vermeiren, Lorna Maseko and the late Simba Mhere.

“Ursula made her debut on the show the same year as Bassie and added such a bubbly fair to the show. Dr. Michael Mol auditioned shortly after he won the Mr. South Africa pageant. I remember his audition like it was yesterday. He came to interior designer, Stephen Falcke’s house where we were filming and both Bassie and I instantly knew we had found the ‘one’.” said Patience Stevens, co-Executive Producer Top Billing.

Presenter Search on 3 went on to add an array of talented presenters into the Top Billing line-uu discovering the likes of Jonathan Boyton Lee, Jade Hubner, Harmony Katulodi, Ryle de Morny and Dr. Fez Mkhize who added their flair to the show.

 

SABC 3 and Tswelopele Productions – from the presenters, producers, crew and the dedicated team who worked on the show, wraps up this season finale with the hope that it will open doors for new opportunities and encourage young creative talent to trust in creating concepts that stand the test of time.

 

Viewers can tune into the finale episode of Top Billing, which will air on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 18h30 on SABC 3. The viewers can enjoy repeats of special episodes of the show until March 2020. SABC 3 thanks its viewers and stakeholders for the support during the 27 years of “the good life” and as the channel embarks on a new strategic direction, we invite viewers to stay tuned for more exciting and new content on the channel.  Announcements will be made in the near future in this regard.

 

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