Inside the MacG and Channel O TV Deal

Podcast & Chill with MacG goes mainstream.



Channel O announced on Monday that they’d partnered with popular podcast host MacG for a celebrity edition of his podcast, which will now be translated into a format for the music channel. It’s understood the M-Net music network has licensed a number of titles for the popular pod.

The upcoming series of first-on-TV premieres is set to kick off on 1 September 2021, with MacG and co-hosts Sol Phenduka and the mysterious ‘Ghost Lady’ chatting up a slew of celebrity guests who answer hot questions with the type of candour and banter that has propelled the podcast to the top.

With over 250 000 subscribers on YouTube, it’s not hard to see why one of South Africa’s most streamed podcasts would grab the attention of decision makers in the Multichoice building. And despite recent controversies surrounding the outspoken YouTube sensation – who faced blowback over transphobic remarks made on his platform earlier this year – it seems the podcast continues to see astronomical growth in its culture footprint.

Channel O will be broadcasting the celebrity edition of Podcast and Chill with MacG, featuring brand new interviews with SAMA-winning and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Zahara, and kwaito legend, author and fitness mogul Kabelo ‘Bouga Luv’ Mabalane amongst others.

‘No topic is off-limits, from the deeply personal (battling illness, life in prison, childhood traumas), to fame, politics and navigating media scandals’, it says here. The conversations are so honest and raw that the viewer sometimes feels as though they are eavesdropping on private chats between close friends, a sign of interviewing done right.

Tune into the celebrity edition of Podcast and Chill with MacG on Channel O, DStv channel 320, starting on 1 September 2021 at 9:30 PM.

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