Hip hip hurray… issa birthday.
Trending SA is 1. The irreverent and wacky SABC 3 talk show celebrates its one year milestone on air on Tuesday July 25.
Blazing a trail of its own, this show feeds off from social media which has become the new meeting place for banter, sharing of ideas or deliciously juicy gossip.
The panel, in the great daytime talk style, each bring a flavour of their own. Pabi Moloi is a spunky and knowledgeable anchor, comedian Nina Hastie has a quirky take on issues, Shaka is well versed in social media culture and has great general knowledge while Kuli Roberts is a straight talker and gives entertainment value.
In just one year it has managed to grow the audience in its 9.30pm weekday time slot to up to 500 000 each night.
Producer Thokozani Nkosi reflects: “Social media is a giant chatroom in which varied views are shared on matters and there are quite a lot of entertaining posts which we saw could make for great television.
“When we, the producers, shared our idea for a social media commentary show with a twist. They loved it and Trending SA was born!”
The show is named after social media hashtags that go viral, because if it ain’t trending it ain’t happening.
The content is derived from the issues or topics that dominated social media on the day.
Thokozani Nkosi, Thabo Pitso and Phuthi Nakene are the executive producers and Trending SA is a Topina production.