Special docket on M-Net in honor of Derek Watts


M-Net is broadcasting a special documentary today (Saturday) to celebrate the life and influence of the late journalist Derek Watts.

RNews earlier reported the veteran investigative journalist and longtime Carte Blanche-presenter died on Tuesday at the age of 74.

“How does one capture a life as Watts lived his? One who pursued every ounce of adventure, possibility and promise, yet so unselfishly?” says John Webb, Carte Blanche ‘s executive producer.

“I tried but my words are insufficient. No matter how I put it, nothing that comes from my lips makes the images of the man come alive in my head.”

Thousands of viewers have come to love Watts’ probing style of interviewing and his unmistakable voice over the years.

He was a formidable investigative journalist with a strong presence on the screen – a magical formula that Carte Blanche made a must-see broadcast every Sunday night.

He was admired by many for his humility, his charm and his larger-than-life personality.

In honor of his legacy, M-Net broadcasts the documentary Derek Watts: A Tribute out today (Saturday) at 19:00.

The program will trace his life, career and his massive contribution to South African journalism and broadcasting.

“Derek Watts was a long-standing and iconic presence on M-Net, and his time is up Carte Blanche is deeply woven into our tapestry,” says Nomsa Philiso, MultiChoice’s general entertainment executive.

“Celebrating his legacy is not only a way to show our deep gratitude for his many years of contribution to the channel, but to inspire us all to live according to his values ​​- kindness, integrity and commitment to the truth.”

Carte Blanche also confirmed that Sunday’s episode will be in honor of Watts.

“Derek was a remarkable man, fearless in his pursuit of justice. He was a beacon for the downtrodden and a steady hand in the midst of chaos and anxiety,” says Webb.

β€œHe embodied the ideal ‘umntu ngungmu, ngabantu’ (I am because you are) by building bonds with people from all walks of life and treating each one with dignity and respect.

“Derek dedicated his life to telling South Africa’s story.”

Both programs will be available on DStv Premium on M-Net (channel 101) and broadcast live on DStv Stream. It will also be available on DStv Catch Up after the broadcast.