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Monday, September 23, 2013


Written by Jessica Pitchford, Carte Blanche: The Stories Behind the Stories dips into an era of quality journalism through the eyes of the producers and presenters who have so effectively measured the national mood and recognised defining moments.

It recalls the host of unforgettable characters the show has brought to our screens, from the transsexuals of Beaufort West and the controversial directors of Aurora to the predators who lurk on dating websites and some of rugby’s best-known rogues. It’s an unabashed look at what goes on behind the scenes of the nation’s longest-running current affairs show and reveals some of the passionate and colourful characters involved in its production over the past quarter of a century.

Originally from the Eastern Cape, Jessica Pitchford has been a journalist in Johannesburg since graduating from Rhodes University in the eighties. Her position as managing-editor at Carte Blanche is a departure from a long career in reporting and producing for SABC news and current affairs.

(Review to follow shortly)