On 28 August 1988, Carte Blanche embarked on its journey, led by the illustrious duo of Derek Watts and Ruda Landman. Now, as the show approaches its 35th anniversary and unveils a new studio design, M-Net proudly celebrates the enduring legacy of a show that has captivated audiences and set the benchmark for investigative journalism in South Africa.
Recognised as the number one show on DStv Premium, Carte Blanche continues to be the trusted source of ground-breaking investigations that delve deeply into the heart of pressing issues. Over the years, Carte Blanche has amassed an impressive collection of over 200 awards, affirming its status as the leading investigative journalism show in the country. The show’s commitment to excellence has been recognised across various categories, including Best Current Affairs Programme, Investigative Journalism, Environmental Media, and many more. These accolades are a fitting testament to the program’s unwavering dedication to delivering thought-provoking content that informs and enlightens its audience.
Since its inception, Carte Blanche has been home to a remarkable team of celebrated investigative journalists and studio anchors such as Derek Watts, Claire Mawisa, Macfarlane Moleli, Masa Kekana, and Bongani Bingwa. Their dedication to uncovering the truth has solidified Carte Blanche‘s position as the leading investigative journalism show on DStv Premium.
We pay homage to Derek, a pivotal figure in Carte Blanche‘s success. We express our appreciation and admiration for his steadfast dedication to investigative journalism and his invaluable contribution to the show.
In 2008, Carte Blanche launched the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust to commemorate its 20th year on air, with a goal of raising R20-million (a million for every year on air) to support State paediatric units across the country. Through the extraordinary generosity of corporate donors and viewers, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has raised a staggering total in excess of over R150 million. This milestone showcases the profound impact Carte Blanche has had in improving the lives of children in need.
This year, viewers can help the trust achieve their goals by attending the Lexus Pop Classics 2023. For a minimum contribution of R100, you can get up to four tickets with all proceeds going to the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust. “By way of collaboration with several organisations and multiple donors, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in crises through the last fifteen years,” says Trust patron, Karolina Andropoulos. “Our partnership with Lexus Pop Classics and M-Net on this magical night of music performed by some of our premier performers reflects the spirit of our work and will undoubtedly go a long way in assisting us to continue to build and equip the children’s hospital facilities that are so greatly needed.”
Carte Blanche‘s legacy extends beyond traditional television programming. The show and its brand remain innovative with the introduction of Carte Blanche: The Podcast. This engaging podcast delves beneath the headlines, bringing to light the stories that truly matter around the world.
John Webb, Executive Producer of Carte Blanche, expressed his excitement about the upcoming milestone. “We are immensely proud of Carte Blanche‘s legacy and continued impact on investigative journalism. As we approach our 35th anniversary, we remain committed to bringing our viewers the highest standard of journalism, uncovering the truth, and making a difference.”
Looking ahead, Carte Blanche is committed to maintaining the same standard of excellence and truth-seeking that has made it a household name. Viewers can look forward to an emerging generation of field presenters whose passion and commitment will drive the show forward. On Sunday 2 July, Carte Blanche‘s brand-new set at Stark Studios will bring to life a brand-new era; however, the show will remain true to its DNA, delivering another season that exemplifies its trusted and reliable approach.
As Carte Blanche embarks on this momentous occasion, viewers can expect to witness the same drive for excellence, truth-seeking, and impactful storytelling that has made it the unparalleled investigative journalism show on DStv Premium.
Carte Blanche is available on DStv Premium on M-Net (Channel 101) every Sunday at 7pm, as well as live-streamed on the DStv App, and is also available on DStv Catch Up after broadcast. Visit the Carte Blanche Website and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using #CarteBlanche