We’ve Got Carte Blanche

Published November 15th, 2016

The name speaks for itself; ‘Complete freedom to act as one wishes’.

For almost three decades, M-Net’s premiere and long-running show Carte Blanche has been using its freedom to highlight and tell the stories the country needs to hear. Since 1988, Carte Blanche has been the first to given South Africans a front row seat into breaking news and in-depth investigative journalism.

Well-known for its investigations into corruption, consumer issues as well as current events, Carte Blanche has never one to back down from unearthing the cold hard facts. As such, it has earned itself a reputation and credibility as a world-class show, garnering many awards and accolades in the process. The Sunday night 7PM time-slot belongs to Carte Blanche. Running almost as long as the channel itself, Carte Blanche is as celebrated as M-Net.

Although we have witnessed a number of faces throughout the years, there is a quality to the show that renders itself as timeless as its first and still-standing presenter – Derek Watts. Joining him are Devi Sankaree Govender, Claire Mawisa, Bongani Bingwa and John Web – all telling the stories we desperately need to hear.

To commemorate its 25th Anniversary, a revealing book was published. Long-time managing editor and producer, Jessica Pitchford, penned the book, chronicling what goes on behind the scenes of the current affairs show. Carte Blanche 25: The Stories Behind The Stories gave us a sneak peek at all the characters that put the show together week in and week out. In the three years since the quarter-century milestone, Carte Blanche has continued to blow the lid off many stories that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

The Carte Blanche story continues…because you do have a right to know and see it all!