On 6 April 2015 kykNET’s popular morning and late night actuality programmes will shift into high gear to offer a stronger and more streamlined combination of current affairs, politics, business, arts, culture and fashion.
This move follows continuous audience research during the roughly 5 months since the new actuality programmes were launched on kykNET in October 2014. It provided a good indication of when, and for which duration, viewers would like to enjoy specific content on the telly.
From Mondays to Thursdays the 21:30 to 22:00 timeslot will therefore belong to kykNET Verslag – a summary of the day’s most talked about events.
On Mondays it will be followed by Insig between 22:00 and 23:00, presented by Waldimar Pelser, editor of Rapport, with the focus on news, party political developments and government or legal activities. Profile interviews with newsmakers will be featured and the programme will also take a look at international developments that are relevant, especially within a wider Africa-context.
Winslyn – an informative programme that focuses on actual issues in the business arena and puts entrepreneurs and ventures in the spotlight – will be on the menu Tuesdays between 22:00 and 22:30. It is presented by Divan Botha, one of South Africa’s most successful young entrepreneurs, and tackles a variety of topics such as technological developments, the status of the African economy and fresh perspectives on the world of small businesses.
Prontuit will still be on air on Wednesdays between 22:00 and 22:30 and will be presented by media producer, Kabous Meiring. It is a talk show that investigates a story through conversation, after it made headlines. The identity of South Africa is a strong focal point and is discussed without reservation. With topics that range from why Jannie Smuts was a complicated statesman, to how a country privatises its police service. Prontuit aims to expose the facts in a country permeated by tired rhetoric. It’s also never without a healthy dose of humour. Kabous Meiring, with her dry approach, makes sure that Prontuit resonates with a wide spectrum of South Africans. The program aims to empower especially the consumer and to stimulate discourse and dialogue.
Flits presents a fresh and energetic view on the world of South African arts, fashion, entertainment and social happenings on Thursdays between 22:00 and 23:00. Entertainment figure Bouwer Bosch and Huisgenoot journalist Yvonne Beyers’ unique take on pop culture, online media and the arts promises to entertain viewers and bring them up to speed with the movers and shakers who set the world abuzz. Guests and topics are varied: limelight figures, critics, commentators and artists, books, movies, music and trends. On occasion the humoristic side of news events is highlighted and the aesthetic world is explored.
Aktueel Bestes will make its first appearance on 10 April between 17:30 and 18:00. Before the Friday festivities get into full swing, this programme will provide viewers with a collection of all the best actuality-bits from the week’s programmes to end off the week on a well-informed note.
KykNET Verslag, as well as the particular evening’s actuality programme, will be rebroadcast the following weekday morning at 6:00.
Karen Meiring, M-Net’s Director of Afrikaans Channels, says: “We are very proud to announce that, only between February 2015 and March 2015, our viewership for the evenings’ actuality time slots increased by 27%. A very important part of this success lies in paying attention to viewers’ needs and preferences, especially with regards to the early morning and late evening programmes. As a result we have, through consolidation of our programme schedule, content, duration and repeats, made adjustments to better accommodate kykNET’s actuality target market. We trust that these moves will see an even bigger increase in viewership within the next couple of months.”
Viewers can also still join in the conversation via the Twitter handles, @kyk_laataand, as well as the hash tags #insig, #winslyn, #prontuit, #flits and #aktueelbestes. Highlights from the programmes will also be available on kykNET.