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Leading Master of Ceremonies Award – Winning Journalist and Anchor of MNET’s “Carte Blanche

When Bill Faure dreamed up the idea of Carte Blanche in 1988, no one knew that more than twenty years on it would be an institution on the South African scene.

The anchors were an Afrikaans newsreader called Ruda Landman and a sports reporter called Derek Watts. Nothing indicated that they would become household names.

The programme won awards, the presenters and producers won awards, and they came to realise that they were part of Africa, taking their viewers to the primate hunters in Cameroon, the world-beating distance runners in the highlands of Kenya, the farm grabs and clashes in Zimbabwe and the gorillas in Rwanda.

Then on to Mount Everest, an atomic aircraft carrier in the gulf, the NASA bid to get humans on to Mars and, on a more personal level, a young man’s life in the balance as he faces a liver transplant using “knife-edge” bloodless surgery techniques. And Carte Blanche connected with ordinary people whose life stories gripped everyone.

Serious stuff mixed with light-hearted stories, reflecting the mood and changes in society.

From Sports Anchor to top investigative reporter on the most watched show in South African television.
Recipient of People Magazine’s Crystal Award for Best Male TV Presenter 2004 and 2005.

SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year.
Best Actuality Reporter – Star Tonight.
Best Sports Presenter – Star Tonight.
Rotary Paul Harris Award

Derek has been an anchor and field presenter for the award-winning investigative journalism program Carte Blanche for 29 years. His other passion is reporting on cars and is a member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and writes for Forbes Africa.

Derek’s offerings as a MC are, presenting videos for product launches and conferences, voice-overs for corporate productions and public speaking. He talks on Three Decades of Media in South Africa and Behind the Carte Blanche Lens.

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