After being on-air for 23 years, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has cancelled the popular lifestyle and leisure TV show, Top Billing.

A (Very) Brief History

Top Billing first aired in 1992 on SABC 3. The show highlighted glitz and glamour in South Africa and abroad, giving us a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. For many South Africans, what was shown on the TV show was aspirational and inspiring. From lavish holidays to luxury living in South Africa. From the latest in entertainment to upcoming trends in fashion. Top Billing has highlighted the life we all wish had.

The news of the SABC cancelling Top Billing has sparked a mix of emotions on Twitter. The majority of people have expressed how upset they are, many joking that they’ll never be featured on the show.

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Some have joked about how Top Billing could downscale to stay on-air.

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Others have remineced about key themes the show had.

But not everyone is sad to see Top Billing come to an end.

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Final Thoughts

Personally, I’m disappointed that the show will no longer be aired. Top Billing has focused on positivity and an aspirational lifestyle. It highlighted beautiful destinations not just across the world but right here in South Africa, which made me appreciate our remarkable country. It also featured local artists and designers, which not only boosts their credibility but inspires other to chase their dreams. The talent search competitions to become a Top Billing presenter was also a big driver of excitement for many.

It’s sad to see an iconic show with such a high production value like this go, especially when it has inspired South Africans for 2 decades. While SABC may find that it makes more financial sense to cancel the show, I hope that it is replaced with something that can continue to enrich and inspire South Africans.

Have Your Say

What are your thoughts? Are you sad to see Top Billing go or is it good riddence? Join the conversation on Twitter and have your say.

Don’t miss the final episode of Top Billing on SABC 3 this Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 6pm.

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