Award winning South African Sports Television Presenter and MC, Carol Tshabalala, also known as The First Lady of Sports, will form part of TLC’s Next Great Presenter: Boot Camp judging panel taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 and Wednesday, 14 October 2015.

TLC’s Next Great Presenter campaign was created to give back to their fans, by offering one lucky person the opportunity to present their own series on TLC. From the 9th August – September 3rd, TLC fans from across Africa were invited to submit videos explaining why they love TLC and also present a pre-written script to camera in the hope of becoming TLC’s first African presenter.


After receiving over 1500 entries, TLC narrowed the selection down to the best 12 who will be taken through to the next stage – the Next Great Presenter Boot Camp. For two days the 12 semi-finalists will receive expert training from industry insiders about how to become top presenters; from performance coaching and media training, to beauty and style tips and of course filming links to camera.

Carol Tshabalala a judge on TLC’s Next Great Presenter: Boot Camp

“It’s such a privilege to be known as an authority in on air skills on the African continent. Being one of the individuals entrusted with mentoring and selecting the 3 finalists is an honour and I’m looking forward to making my contribution in showing the world the unbelievable talent we possess in Africa!” expresses Carol Tshabalala.

Over the two days, the 12 semi-finalists will be whittled down to 3 finalists by a panel of judges who will observe the contestants throughout the course of the boot camp and decide which 3 they think have what it takes to become TLC’s Next Great Presenter. Carol Tshabalala will sit on the judging panel with the below industry experts:

  • Aletta Alberts, GM of Content at DStv
  • Cathy Lund, Editor of Cosmopolitan SA
  • Lee Hobbs, VP of Channels, Discovery Networks

Connect with Carol Tshabalala:

Facebook: Carol SimplyCarol8 Tshabalala (

Twitter: @SimplyCarol8

Instagram: @SimplyCarol8Carol Tshabalala a judge on TLC’s Next Great Presenter: Boot Camp



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