ZANews Launches – Laugh The Beloved Country!
Eventually! After much anticipation South Africa’s very own locally produced Spitting Image style news broadcast launched a short while ago. Performed by Zapiro-inspired puppets, the satirical news show will air Tuesday through Friday and have a weekly roundup show on Saturdays.
ZANews is now online and the shows’ premier-maiden-virgin show is running via the Mail & Guardians‘ portal. Co-written by executive producer Thierry Cassuto together with Ben Travato and Stephen Francis (of Madam & Eve fame), the show is the result of the SABC’s refusal to run it, after they canned the pilot episode of (what was then) Z News.
Anchored by Tim Modise, and covering Juli-baby’s Nedbank protest, the broadcast also features cameos from Tata Mandela, The Arch, that Zille Woman and an unnamed Kulula cabin-crew member. The green airline is a primary sponsor of the show, and gets good mileage out of hosting JZ and lollipop-licking “little boy” Malema in their “one-class fits all” cabin. The President also addresses the nation from his office, welcoming the new news, ZANews, to the internetwaves, and reaffirming his opinion of his detractors.