- Uzalo is set to remain on screen for the foreseeable future after a three-year agreement was put into place
- SABC 1 has lauded the soapie as one of the nation's best performing shows 'by far'
- The broadcaster insists that Uzalo has earned the deal saying that 'its performance speaks for itself'
Uzalo is here to stay for quite a while after producers, Stained Glass, signed a 3-year agreement with SABC 1.
The broadcaster issued a statement lauding the 'ever so popular drama series' and what seems to be an unprecedented deal:
"It is the first time that such a long-term arrangement has been put in place and it represents an unequivocal vote of confidence the channel places in Mzansi’s best performing soapie by far.”
SABC 1's Programmes Manager Sane Zondi feels that the drama has earned it after breaking records:
“The property has broken a set of records in the industry for a soapie or a long-running drama series. It’s the youngest entry in the SABC stable and it is phenomenal what the property has managed to achieve despite the challenges this year has shown not only in the broadcasting landscape but the country as a whole. ”
This comes after the soapie suffered a drop in stats during the Covid-19 lockdown which prompted the series to drop off the air for a few weeks.
After the show resumed it experienced a drop in support, but the broadcaster pointed out that it remains the 'highest achiever to date'.
South Africans can look forward to a brand new season premiering in March next year, concluded the statement.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the SABC had issued a stern warning to Uzalo to stop boring its audiences with their current storyline.
It seems the broadcaster has heard people's cries and have taken measures to sort the situation out.
Uzalo has been bleeding viewers as many have complained about the direction the story was going.
The Sunday World has reported that the SABC has told the writing team of the show to get it together.
They have been instructed to come up with a better storyline or risk getting dropped. Uzalo was once the most viewed show in the country, peaking at 11.4 million viewers.
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