kykNET is moving its weekly Afrikaans magazine show Kwêla to a new timeslot from this weekend to add a new documentary series, Oppi Kassie, looking at the history of South African television. kykNET is now moving moving Kwêla to an earlier timeslot on Sundays from this weekend where it will now be shown at 18:00. The 20:00 timeslot on Sunday nights have had a negatively impact on Kwêla ratings the past 5 months.
kykNET ran the fliekNET pop-up channel on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform over December 2017 and January 2018 that saturated Afrikaans viewers’ appetite for films and required the acquisition of a lot of film broadcasting rights.
Instead of Sunday night films kykNET is starting a new half-hour documentary series on Sunday at 20:00 entitled Oppi Kassie looking at the history of South African television.
The first season of Oppi Kassie will see double episodes broadcast at 20:00. The first episode on Sunday will look at how television and TV technology first arrived in South Africa and was finally “allowed” after years of political resistance.
The second episode looks at the big broadcasting challenges that came after the government gave TV in South Africa the go-ahead.