The SABC has confirmed that one of its biggest shows, Generations, has been cancelled for now. As of October 2014, SABC1 won’t be airing the show anymore.
The move follows months of unhappiness and disputes after the SABC’s chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng made promises to the cast to give them three-year contacts back in June 2013. The actors of Generations demanded these promised contracts as well as better working conditions and pay rates and were all then fired.
Most people are very surprised at the way the SABC handled the situation, because the show brought in about eight million viewers, which allowed the SABC to demand R220 000 spot price per 30 second ad break during the show, which airs every weeknight at 20:00.
As most shows, Generations was filmed about a month in advance but episodes are dwindling and the show will end with a lot of unanswered questions. The show will also no longer be repeated on SABC3. Skeem Saam will now take up the 20:00 slot.
The SABC doesn’t seem to bothered and states that Generations “will be revamped” after 16 actors were fired.
“[We] would like to appeal to the public to be patient as we deal with the challenges currently faced in ensuring the longevity of Generations”.