Derek Watts – Speaker MC In 1978, Derek Watts wrote the news for SABC TV in its infancy. He was the first sports presenter on TV1 News and Network (back in the days when sport was separate). He then launched TopSport with Martin Locke. We can now proudly offer Derek to speak at or MC you event, contact Speakers Inc
In 1987, he won a Star Tonight! Award for the ‘best contribution in sports coverage on TV1’.
A call from the legendary Shaka Zulu man, Bill Faure, changed Derek’s career path and led him to the formation of Carte Blanche, which 25 years on, has become an institution on the South African scene.
In 1992, he won another Star Tonight! Award, this time for ‘the best actuality reporter on any South African TV channel’.
Carte Blanche has won several awards, as have the presenters and producers. They have become part of Africa, taking viewers to the primate hunters in Cameroon, the world-beating distance runners in the highlands of Kenya, the farm grabs and clashes in Zimbabwe, the gorillas in Rwanda and to volcano devastated Goma in the Congo – to name a few!
Derek also flew to Star City outside Moscow and Baikonur in Khazakstan to go behind the scenes of internet billionaire Marke Shuttleworth’s space adventure. Follow Derek on Twitter for regular updates
Carte Blanche will be celebrating its 25th birthday this year! Derek is currently presenting a talk called ‘A Quarter Century of Carte Blanche’ – a quirky and entertaining look at South African and international events through the camera lens!
Apart from his television career, he also specialises in acting as an MC, award presentations, product launches and guest speaking.
Derek Watts – Speaker MC experiences and strong sense of humour make him a sought-after speaker.
He also presents and produces corporate videos and facilitates and chairs conferences.
Playing and presenting prizes at golf days has become one of his favourites!
Derek’s keynote topics include ‘Behind the Scenes on Carte Blanche’ and ‘Four Decades of Journalism in South Africa’.